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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will spend the next five years measuring the abundance, trends and consumptive impacts of nonnative fish in the Columbia River from McNary Dam to Priest Rapids Dam, in order to better inform efforts to control them. Read more

High spill at lower Snake River dams has dramatically cut the percentages of juvenile fish transported from the dams to the estuary as an alternative to migrating through the hydro system. However, the larger issue of lower fish returns, and models showing the added spill will increase their… Read more

Columbia Riverkeeper resurrected a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that was settled more than seven years ago, noting that the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits that the Corps agreed to apply for still have not been issued for the four lower Columbia Ri… Read more

Idaho Department of Fish and Game managers say it's pretty rare to catch a 10-foot white sturgeon in Idaho. But fishery biologists doing surveys for sturgeon between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams last fall caught three in one week, including two that they'd never caught and tagged befo… Read more

Researchers found evidence of gas bubble trauma (GBT) in resident fish at federal dams in the Snake and Columbia rivers during spring spill in 2021, but not enough to trigger operational changes, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist told the Columbia River Technical Management Team on Dec. 1. Read more

Fred Koontz, a commissioner on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission since Jan. 5, 2021 resigned from his six-year term on Dec. 13. Koontz was a commissioner from King County and did not indicate his reason for leaving. His departure leaves two vacant positions on the nine-member commi… Read more