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Identifying, Preserving Columbia/Snake Cold Water Refuges Important Salmon Recovery Tool
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
With climate change, Northwest rivers are warming earlier and staying warm longer and that sometimes causes adult salmon and steelhead migrating from the ocean to die in rivers before they can spawn, often before they can even reach their spawning grounds. Read More...  

Conservation Groups File Notice To Sue EPA Over Columbia/Snake Water Temperatures
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
Five conservation groups gave notice last week that they will pursue a lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency if the agency fails to finalize a pollution budget under the Clean Water Act for the Columbia River and lower Snake River that it was near finalizing in 2003. Read More...  

Deschutes River Alliance Sues PGE Over Water Quality Issues In Deschutes River; Sockeye Reaching Dam
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
The Deschutes River Alliance made good on its 60-day notice to sue Portland General Electric over what the DRA says is more than 1,000 Clean Water Act violations at the utility’s Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric complex on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. Read More...  

Cooler Water Continues To Flow In Lower Snake River; Fish Ladder Cooling Now Also At Little Goose
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
Water in Lower Granite Dam’s tailwater continues to run several degrees cooler than the 68 degrees Fahrenheit upper temperature limit set by NOAA Fisheries’ 2014 biological opinion for Columbia/Snake salmon and steelhead, and the result has been improved passage for sockeye salmon. Read More...  

Good Fall Chinook Return, But Slow Fishing, Prompts Liberalizing Catch Restriction On Unmarked Fish
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
Fall chinook salmon passage at Bonneville Dam is within expectations, but catch of the fish is lagging in the popular Buoy 10 fishery for recreational anglers. Read More...  

Northwest Members Of Congress Push State Department On Columbia River Treaty
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
Five U.S. Senators and 17 U.S. House members from the Pacific Northwest have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the U.S. Department of State to hasten its progress towards negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. Read More...  

Washington Gets First Fish Habitat Mitigation Bank To Assist Salmon/Steelhead Recovery
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
A new kind of “bank” NOAA Fisheries has approved in southwest Washington will use a novel approach to fund restoration and long-term protection of more than 300 acres of prime wetland and river habitat along the Coweeman River, promoting recovery of threatened salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

WDFW Offers Free Fishing Days While License Sales Down Due To Hacking Of Outside Vendor System
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering "free fishing" days through Tuesday while the agency's license sales system is down. Read More...  

WDFW Designates Elwha, Nisqually Rivers As Wild Steelhead Gene Banks Off-Limits To Hatchery Fish
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated the Nisqually and Elwha rivers as wild steelhead gene banks to help conserve wild steelhead populations. Read More...  

WDFW Starts Removal Of Ferry County Wolf Pack After Finding Dead, Injured Calves
Posted on Friday, August 26, 2016 (PST)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists received authorization last week to remove a wolf pack in Ferry County after investigating two calf carcasses and an injured calf in a grazing area. Read More...  
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