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Culling Cormorants Begins: Goal Is To Reduce 15,000 Breeding Pairs To Under 6,000 By 2018
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
A plan to cull thousands of double-crested cormorants from East Sand Island in the lower Columbia River estuary was put into motion over the Memorial Day weekend. Read More...  

Latest Status Report Shows Sea Lion Presence At Bonneville Dam This Year Smashing Single Day Records
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
The number of sea lions and the number of salmon they’ve eaten this year in the Bonneville Dam tailrace continues to rise, according to a May 22 status report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read More...  

Oregon City Saturday Event Intended To Show Support For New Sea Lion Management Legislation
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
Representatives from the Coastal Conservation Association Oregon, Columbia River treaty tribes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and others will be joined by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR, in Oregon City Saturday, May 30, to support proposed legislation that would enhance fish and wildlife managers’ abilities to reduce predation on threatened and endangered salmon, steelhead and other native fish species in the Columbia River system by removing predators such as sea lions. Read More...  

Study Examines Mating Success Of Non-Anadromous Mini-Jacks With Anadromous Female Salmon
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
Young, one and two-year-old male chinook salmon, known as micro- and mini-jacks, that matured sexually in a Wenatchee River tributary without migrating to the ocean, are spawning with adult female chinook salmon who have migrated to the ocean and returned. Read More...  

With Higher Run Estimate For Spring Chinook (260,000), More Fishing Approved
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
With a higher run estimate of spring chinook salmon, the two-state Columbia River Compact, made up of Oregon and Washington fisheries managers, approved on Tuesday more fishing for treaty and commercial gillnetters, as well as for recreational anglers. Read More...  

Study Shows Shade, Cover In Streams Reduces Bird Predation On Fish
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals. Read More...  

BLM, Forest Service Release 14 Plans To Address Greater Sage-Grouse Protection
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service Thursday released final environmental reviews for proposed land use plans that will help conserve greater sage-grouse habitat and support sustainable economic development on portions of public lands in 10 states across the West. Read More...  

EPA, Corps Finalize Clean Water Rule Aimed At Protecting Streams, Wetlands From Pollution
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule this week to protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. Read More...  

EPA, DOE Reach Settlement On Timetable To Remove Hanford Sludge Along Columbia River
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have reached a settlement over DOE’s failure to meet a critical September 2014 Tri-Party Agreement milestone for beginning sludge removal from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s K West Basin along the Columbia River. Read More...  

Corps Announces Extended (14-Week) Columbia/Snake Lock System Closure 2016-17 For Repairs
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct an extended navigation lock outage beginning December 12, 2016, Corps officials from Walla Walla and Portland districts announced this week during a regional navigation meeting held at the Port of Morrow SAGE Center in Boardman, Oregon. Read More...  
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