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Legislation Awaiting President’s Signature Would Allow Significant Increase In Killing Of Salmon-Eat
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
Legislation that will allow the lethal removal of more California sea lions, as well as steller sea lions, from the Columbia River passed two hurdles in the past week and now is headed to the President’s desk for signature. Read More...  

CRITFC Briefs Council On Need To Develop Common Metrics To Assess Predation Effects On Returning Sal
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
Predation on listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin – by birds, by sea lions and even by other fish – has reached high proportions but it is difficult to know how reductions in predators impact the number of fish returning to spawning grounds. Read More...  

Agreement Allows Idaho Steelhead Fishing While NOAA Reviews State Steelhead Plan
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
Steelhead fishing is continuing past the December 7 cutoff date set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission last week due to a last minute agreement between the state and conservation groups. Read More...  

Council Recommends BPA Funding For 25 Existing Basin F&W Research Projects Reviewed By Science Panel
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
Twenty-five existing research-focused projects were approved for new Bonneville Power Administration fish and wildlife funding by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting this week. Read More...  

Flows Managed To Aid ESA-Listed Chum Salmon Continuing To Arrive Below Bonneville Dam
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
With more than 300 threatened chum salmon still hanging out in spawning areas downstream of Bonneville Dam, the interagency Technical Management Team this week put off a decision on whether to transition from the chum spawning operations that began early last month to incubation flows. Read More...  

Drought Conditions Continue In Columbia Basin As El Nino Chance Now 90 Percent; Warmer, Drier Winter
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
Drought conditions are worsening throughout much of the Columbia Basin, and the trend could continue through the winter with an emerging El Nino weather pattern from the Pacific Ocean. Read More...  

Applications Accepted For $5.8 Million In Habitat Projects In Deschutes Basin Benefitting Salmonids
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and Portland General Electric are accepting applications for $5.8 million in stream restoration projects in the Deschutes River basin of Oregon. Read More...  

Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board Announces $18 Million In Salmon Habitat Projects Statewide
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board this week announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat. An estimated 75 percent of the funded projects, says the board, will benefit chinook salmon, which make up a large part of the southern resident orca whale diet. Read More...  

Federal Judge Orders Oregon To Produce New Water Quality Standards For Several Basin Rivers
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
A court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to work with plaintiffs in a clean water suit to set a schedule for when it can redo clean water standards for temperature in a number of Oregon streams. Read More...  

BPA Releases Power, Transmission Rates Proposal For 2020, 2021; Stresses Spending Reductions
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 (PST)
BPA last week released its initial wholesale power and transmission rates proposal for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The rates proposal includes significant program cost reductions and supports a multi-year grid modernization initiative to maximize the capacity of the federal power and transmission systems and improve grid efficiency. Read More...  
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