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Record Number Of Snake River Fall Chinook Spawn In 2015 Between Lower Granite, Hells Canyon Dams
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
Some 9,345 fall chinook salmon redds (gravel nests) have been counted in the Snake River and tributaries between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams. Read More...  

Study: Intensive, Long-Term Monitoring Key To Determining Effects Of Habitat Restoration
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
Although billions of dollars have been invested in stream restoration projects to replace lost and degraded fish habitat across the United States since 1990, there is a lack of evidence that the projects have actually benefitted salmon and steelhead, according to a recent study published last week. Read More...  

WDFW Nears Completion Of Designating More Lower Columbia River Streams As Wild Steelhead Sanctuaries
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is nearing completion of designating additional streams in the lower Columbia River as steelhead gene banks, or sanctuaries. Read More...  

So Far, El Nino Or Not, Columbia Basin Snowpack, Streamflow Forecasts Hold Steady At Near Average
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
Despite predictions of strong El Nino influences that would result in warmer and drier conditions, the Columbia Basin is persevering so far with near-average snowpack and streamflow forecasts. Read More...  

Washington Legislature Considers Memorial For Salmon Re-Introduction In Upper Columbia Blocked Areas
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a memorial that asks the federal government to back a plan to reintroduce salmon and steelhead in blocked areas upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams on the Columbia River. Read More...  

Washington Proposes New Draft Clean Water Rule, Final Criteria Must Meet EPA Approval
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
The Washington Department of Ecology proposed this week a new draft clean water rule (also known as the fish consumption rule) that it says contains a more protective cancer risk rate, in keeping with the governor’s directive from October 2015. Read More...  

Scientists Review “Critical Uncertainties” In Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Research
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Columbia Basin 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program calls for the Council to review ongoing research and revise the program’s research plan. Read More...  

States, Feds, PacifiCorp Move Forward On Klamath Agreement Through FERC; Focus On Dam Removal
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
Oregon, California, PacifiCorp and the federal government – through the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Commerce – announced this week an agreement-in-principle to move forward with amending the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. Read More...  

Study Looks At Whether Ship Noise Interferes With Endangered Orcas Chasing Salmon
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? Read More...  

U-Idaho Researchers: U.S. Must Address ‘Wicked Problem’ Of Wildfires With New Partnerships
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2016 (PST)
The United States must make preparing for and adapting to wildfire a top national priority, says a team of University of Idaho researchers and their international partners in a paper published this week in the journal BioScience. Read More...  
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