The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde have purchased 23 acres of property adjacent to Willamette Falls, once the Blue Heron paper mill in Oregon City, according to a news release from the tribe. The site was once home to both Willamette and Clackamas bands, who were relocated to Grand Ronde when the land was ceded to the U.S. government in 1855. “Today, we’re reclaiming a piece of those lands and resurrecting our role as caretakers to Willamette Falls—a responsibility left to us by our ancestors,” Grand Ronde Tribal Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy said in an Aug. 16 ceremony.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council also on Aug. 14 approved a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supporting its proposed rapid response plan if quagga or zebra mussels are detected in the Northwest. Under the proposal, cost of response is spilt between federal and state governments. The letter urges the Corps to move quickly to implement the plan once the comment process is complete. Council member Jim Yost said Idaho has concerns about jurisdiction and primary response under the plan, but supported sending the letter. He said their concerns would be raised separately.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Pierce County sportsman James Anderson and Douglas County cattle rancher Molly Linville to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, with terms that end Dec. 31, 2024. Linville fills a vacant seat on the 9-member council and Anderson replaces Jay Holzmiller, of Asotin County, who had served on the commission since 2013. New appointees must be confirmed by the state Senate, which will reconvene in January, but can serve and vote on the commission prior to Senate action.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Aug. 14 renewed the appointment of an Independent Scientific Review Panel member and appointed a new member. Stan Gregory, a professor emeritus of fisheries at Oregon State University, was reappointed to serve on the panel through Sept. 30, 2023. Thomas Quinn, a University of Washington professor with expertise in salmon and trout ecology, predator-prey interactions and selective effects of fisheries and artificial propagation, was appointed to his first term from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022. Funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, the 11-member team of scientists offers independent analyses of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program projects.

K.C. Mehaffey covers fish issues for Clearing Up, and is editor of the NW Fishletter. She joined the NewsData writing team in February 2018. From lawsuits to scientific studies, she is enjoying the deep dive into the Columbia Basin's many fish topics.