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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Washington State Salmon Passage/Culvert Case
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
Lawyers involved with a long-running case related to culverts in Washington state that block salmon from migrating into historic spawning habitat got a tough audience in arguing the case before the United States Supreme Court Wednesday. Read More...  

Judge Lifts Requirement For Feds To Produce New Salmon/Steelhead BiOp In 2018; Offers Flexibility
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon this week lifted the requirement that NOAA Fisheries must complete its next iteration of a salmon/steelhead biological opinion for the federal Columbia River power system by December 31, 2018. Read More...  

Corps Asks NOAA To Open Reconsultation On Willamette River Basin Fish BiOp; 13 Dams
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
A biological opinion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s 13 Willamette River dams last completed in 2008 may be headed for its next iteration. Read More...  

Lower Columbia River White Sturgeon Numbers Decent; Some Upriver Populations Show Abundance Decline
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
After years of low abundance of legal-sized and adult-sized white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam, the numbers of fish are beginning to improve, according to a summary of sturgeon abundance throughout the Columbia and Snake rivers presented at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting last week in Portland. Read More...  

Council Readies Letter Asking For Recommendations On Amending Basin Fish And Wildlife Program
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
A draft letter calling for the region – tribes, state and federal agencies, and the public – to make recommendations to amend the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Columbia River Basin 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program was revealed by the Fish and Wildlife staff at its meeting last week in Portland. Read More...  

Study Shows Repeat-Spawning Steelhead Have More Reproductive Success Than Single Spawners
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
For steelhead trout, reproductive choices represent a collection of tradeoffs – whether spawning once or doing it multiple times, no decision comes without risks and benefits. Read More...  

In WSU Stormwater Runoff Research, Coho Salmon Die Quickly, Chum Survive
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
Washington State University scientists have discovered that different species of salmon have varying reactions to polluted stormwater runoff. Read More...  

Northwest Boat Inspection Stations Opening For Invasive Species Check; Both Motorized, Non-Motorized
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
Boating season is starting and people hauling both motorized and non-motorized boats must stop at watercraft inspection stations opening around Oregon next week. Read More...  

Report Reviews Columbia Habitat And Monitoring Program,‘CHaMP,’ Required By BiOp
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
A review of a program that grew from NOAA Fisheries’ 2008 salmon/steelhead biological opinion of the Columbia River federal power system found a number of limitations that impede efforts to accurately describe tributary habitat conditions and identify limiting factors. Read More...  

Extensive Analysis Looks At How Large Wildfires Bring Increases In Stream Flows For Years
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 (PST)
Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades, according to a new analysis of 30 years of data from across the continental United States. Read More...  
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