Hydroelectric dams have so far caused the largest increases in water temperatures in the lower Snake River and the U.S. portion of the Columbia River, but the water can already exceed temperature standards when it enters Washington state, according to a newly released analysis by the Environ… Read more

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will focus on operational changes—such as flexible spill—in the Federal Columbia River Power System to improve salmon and steelhead survival now that the majority of structural improvements have been made, Corps' fish program manager Tim Dykstra told the Nort… Read more

Wild Fish Conservancy has asked a federal judge to shut down Chinook fishing set to open on July 1 off the southeast coast of Alaska, claiming the fishery significantly reduces the amount of food that would later be available for southern resident killer whales off the coast of Washington. Read more

A group of independent scientists that reviewed the scientific modeling used to predict salmon and steelhead return rates in the Columbia River System Operations draft environmental impact statement said impacts from climate change and other variables should be considered in the analysis. Read more

NOAA has picked the University of Washington to lead the new Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean and Ecosystem Studies, which will conduct foundational research on climate and ocean changes and impacts, help train new NOAA scientists and educate the public about their work. Read more