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Attorneys Present Pros/Cons Of Columbia/Snake Salmon BiOp At Federal Court Oral Argument Hearing
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
The 74 “Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives” in NOAA Fisheries’ 2014 Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinion for salmon and steelhead are producing results, according to government and tribal attorneys as they gave their oral arguments Tuesday in defense of the BiOp before Judge Michael H. Simon in U.S. District Court in Portland. Read More...  

Hot Weather Forces Dworshak Flow Increase To Cool Lower Snake;Snake River Sockeye Passing Bonneville
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
Hot weather, warm water and lower than average flows in the Snake River dominated the regional Technical Management Team meeting this week, but Russ Keifer of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game also had good news about Snake River sockeye adults passing Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

Study: Anglers’ Catch-And-Release Revival Techniques Shown To Not Always Benefit Fish
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
Globally, 60 percent of fish caught by recreational anglers are released and many of those anglers use manual release techniques they believe will help the fish survive. Read More...  

Council Report Tallies Bonneville Power’s Fish/Wildlife Costs For 2014: $782 Million
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration’s total fish and wildlife costs for 2014 was $782 million, according to the draft “2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Costs Report” released for public comment by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

State Notifying Eastern Washington Irrigators To Curtail Water Use Due To Low Flows
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
About 380 Eastern Washington water users are being asked to curtail irrigation due to early and extremely low stream flows caused by drought. Read More...  

WDFW Implements Changes In Kalama River Steelhead Management To Limit Hatchery Fish Upriver
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
With summer-run steelhead now moving into the Kalama River in increasing numbers, fishery managers are taking action to reduce the number of hatchery steelhead that reach upriver spawning grounds this summer, said John Weinheimer, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist. Read More...  

Mounting Effects Of Drought Prompts California To Adopt Emergency Regulations For Closing Fisheries
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
The California Fish and Game Commission recently adopted emergency regulations that grant the California Department of Fish and Wildlife authority to temporarily close fisheries experiencing degraded environmental conditions that may affect fish populations. Read More...  

Blind Slough Select Area Fishery Opened For Commercial Fishing Of Hatchery Summer Chinook
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
The State of Oregon opened commercial fishing at Blind Slough, one of the Select Area Fisheries that target hatchery salmon in the lower Columbia River. Read More...  

Umatilla Leader Brigham Elected As New Chair Of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
Umatilla tribal leader N. Kathryn “Kat” Brigham was selected by leaders from the Warm Springs, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes to lead the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as its 2015-16 chair. Read More...  

Washington Issues Draft Rule To Encourage Water Reuse To Help Reduce Impacts Of Drought
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015 (PST)
A draft rule would help Washington deal with water shortages by encouraging local jurisdictions to reuse or reclaim water. Read More...  
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