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Corps Increases Cormorant Culling In Recent Days;Killing Opportunities Ending Soon As Birds Disperse
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
Far more double-crested cormorants have been culled from the lower Columbia River estuary near East Sand Island in the past three weeks than during the entire summer of activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. Read More...  

USFWS Releases Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan; Past Legal Challengers Say Plan Still Deficient
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
A final Bull Trout Recovery Plan for the Pacific Northwest was released Monday, Sept. 28, touting collaborative efforts as being the key to progress for the species, but the main litigants that have challenged bull trout recovery efforts continue to maintain those efforts are inadequate. Read More...  

Parasites More Prevalent In Reintroduced Chinook Rearing In Reservoirs Upstream Of Willamette Dams
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
A parasite more prevalent in lakes than in streams could hamper recovery efforts of reintroduced chinook salmon transported upstream of dams, according to a recent study focused on four Willamette River reservoirs. Read More...  

Research Shows Design, Operation For Salmon Passage At Dams Not Optimal For Pacific Lamprey
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
Passage for adult salmon at Bonneville and John Day dams is about 95 percent, but for Pacific lamprey, the passage number seems to be stuck at less than 50 percent. Read More...  

USFWS Rejects Sage Grouse ESA Listing;Says Columbia Basin Population Not Distinct Population Segment
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that petitions to list the greater sage grouse for designations under the Endangered Species Act are denied. Read More...  

Fall Chinook Return Upgraded Again: Harvest Managers Struggle With Small Wild Steelhead Return
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
In the last two weeks, the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee twice has increased its projection for this year’s run of fall chinook salmon into the Columbia River. Read More...  

Second Phase Of Three-Year Lake Pend Oreille Kokanee Spawning Enhancement Begins Next Week
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game plans to begin the second phase of a three-year project to increase the amount of available kokanee spawning habitat in Lake Pend Oreille. The work will be completed along the shoreline of Idlewild Bay on the southern end of the lake. Read More...  

With El Nino, Washington DOE Expecting Historic Statewide Drought To Extend Into Second Year
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
Even though cooler temperatures and fall colors are returning, Washington’s historic drought isn’t over. Read More...  

Groups Sue USFWS Over Leavenworth Hatchery, Say Pathogens, Pollutants Released Into Icicle Creek
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
Conservation groups have followed through on their intent to sue regarding alleged pollutant discharges from a federal fish hatchery near Leavenworth, Wash. Read More...  

White House Issues Memo To Federal Agencies To Build Capacity For ‘Citizen Science’; Toolkit Offered
Posted on Friday, October 02, 2015 (PST)
Public participation in scientific research has surged in popularity and prominence in recent years through the connections of the world wide web, an explosion of smartphone pocket computing power, and a slow cultural change within professional science toward a more open and welcoming research environment, says a report from the Ecological Society of America. Read More...  
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