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Groups Ask Court To Order Immediate Changes At Willamette Dams To Benefit Salmon, Steelhead
Posted on Monday, December 03, 2018 (PST)
Four conservation groups filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court in Portland Friday (Nov. 30) asking the court to compel the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make immediate operational changes at Willamette River basin dams to aid threatened salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Federal Climate Report Suggests More Warm Years Such As 2015 Will Be A Reality For Columbia Basin
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
In 2015, low river flow conditions, coupled with high air temperatures and warm water in the Snake and Columbia rivers and their tributaries from mid-June to mid-July, resulted in the highest mainstem water temperatures recorded in the Columbia River Basin. Read More...  

Council Updated On Final BPA Fish/Wildlife Project Expenses For FY2018, Accords, Future Cuts
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
As the Bonneville Power Administration anticipates more budget cuts to its Fish and Wildlife program expenditures, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee at its Nov. 12 meeting in Portland laid out some end of fiscal year adjustments showing what was actually spent in FY2018. With the adjustments, final expenses were $28 million less than budget. Read More...  

Court Puts Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Water Quality Lawsuit Against EPA On Hold Until March
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
A lawsuit filed in June by Idaho Power aimed at forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set temperature standards downstream of the utility’s Snake River dams in Hells Canyon was put on hold while the EPA completes the work to set the standards. Read More...  

With Threat Of Lawsuit, Idaho Suspends Steelhead Angling Until Obtains Incidental Take Permit
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
Idaho is suspending angling for steelhead in Idaho until it can obtain an incidental take permit from NOAA Fisheries that would legally allow the state to reopen the fishing. Read More...  

Leading Practitioners Of eDNA Science Gather To Discuss New Tool’s Possibilities
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
An innovative tool that can confirm the recent presence of any given fish species in a sample of water will be highlighted at the first National Conference on Marine Environmental DNA held in New York City. The conference began Thursday and continues today, Nov. 30. Read More...  

PNW Coastal Forests, Western Cascades Will Be Less Vulnerable To Drought, Fire Than Rocky Mountains
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling by researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry shows. Read More...  

UW,Tribes Develop Resources For Tribes To Evaluate Their Vulnerability To Climate Change
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
Which Pacific Northwest streams will warm the most in the next 50 years, and where would restoration work make a difference for salmon? Where will wildfires and pests be most aggressive in forests as the Earth warms, and how can better management help? Read More...  

New Interactive Tool Allows Any User To Interact With PNW Historical Temperatures, Precipitation
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
The University of Washington’s College of the Environment has teamed up with Seattle visual analytics company Tableau Software to create a new, interactive visualization for historical observations of temperature and precipitation in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana, and for Washington snowpack. Read More...  

Lawsuit Challenges EPA On Identifying Oregon Waters Impaired By Ocean Acidification
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2018 (PST)
An environmental law organization is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in court over what it says is the EPA’s failure to identify Oregon waters that are impaired by ocean acidification. That identification as impaired would allow Oregon to enforce pollution controls and other protective measures. Read More...  
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