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Responding To De-List Petition, NOAA Fisheries Announces Status Review For Snake River Fall Chinook
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service said this week it will initiate a status review of Snake River fall chinook in response to a petition to delist the fish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Conservation, Animal Welfare Groups File Lawsuit To Stop Plan To Cull Estuary Cormorants
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
Conservation and animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court of Oregon to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to kill and harass double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island in the lower Columbia River estuary. Read More...  

Gillnetting In Lower Columbia Select Areas Delayed One Week As Managers Await Spring Chinook Return
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
Oregon and Washington fishery managers this week delayed commercial gillnet fishing in select areas by one week until more is known about the size of this year’s spring chinook run. Read More...  

Study: Temperature Profiles of Northwest Rivers More Complex Than Once Thought
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
The prevailing theory is that streams warm as they travel downstream, from their cool and bubbly mountain beginnings to the slower and warmer winding rivers in flatlands. While that may be true for some rivers, many will actually have cooler sections where tributaries or underground springs join the main river, and coastal streams can be cooler where they empty into the ocean due to a prevalence of cooling fog. Read More...  

With Umatilla River Now At Summer Lows, Spring Chinook To Be Trucked To Upriver Spawning Areas
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
With water levels in the Umatilla River already reaching summer lows, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week it will begin transporting returning adult spring chinook salmon from Threemile Dam directly to spawning areas in the upper watershed – a move that will detour fish around the popular upper Umatilla River fishery. Read More...  

Below-Average Snowpack In Clearwater Basin Calls For Early Fill Of Dworshak Reservoir
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
Below-average snowpack in the Clearwater sub-basin and uncertain inflows from future weather conditions add up to an earlier-than-normal fill planned for Dworshak Reservoir, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water-management officials. Read More...  

Northwest Environmental Advocates Files Suit Over Limits On Toxic Pollutants In Oregon
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
After ten years of on and off court action, a lawsuit was filed this week to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect Oregon waters by adopting limits on four toxic pollutants. Read More...  

Flathead Reservation Irrigators File Lawsuit Challenging Tribes’ Water Rights Compact
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
Less than a week after the Montana Legislature passed a water rights compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, a group of Flathead Reservation irrigators filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Legislature’s actions. Read More...  

Meeting To Detail Successful Restoration Efforts At Restoring Native Trout In Pend Oreille Drainage
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
The results of recent work to restore native westslope cutthroat trout in the Pend Oreille River drainage of northeast Washington will be discussed at a public meeting Tuesday, April 28, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Cusick American Legion, 105 E Timber St., Cusick. Read More...  

Interior Says Conservation Partnerships Keep Bi-State Sage-Grouse Off Endangered Species List
Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 (PST)
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced this week that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse does not require the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  
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