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Invasive Northern Pike In Lake Roosevelt Spread At Rapid Pace; Parties Discuss Suppression Plan
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council turned its attention to the matter of rapid pike proliferation in Washington’s Lake Roosevelt in two forums this week in Portland: at a northern pike discussion and coordination meeting Monday, Dec. 11, and during a Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting Tuesday, Dec 12. Read More...  

Fish Forecasts Show Higher 2018 Spring/Summer Chinook Returns Than This Year; Small Sockeye Increase
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
More spring chinook salmon will be heading upstream to the upper Columbia and Snake rivers in 2018 compared to this year’s runs, according to an early forecast of fish returns by the US v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee. Read More...  

Fish Traps, Alternative To Current Commercial Fishing Methods, Being Tested In Lower Columbia
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
Pound nets or fish traps used to capture large numbers of salmon were outlawed on the Columbia River in 1936, over 80 years ago, largely due to massive harvests of salmon and steelhead when using the gear. So why has a Northwest nonprofit been testing the fish traps near Cathlamet, Washington for the last two years? Read More...  

Spill Plan For Juvenile Fish Submitted To District Court, Expedited Appeal Accepted By Ninth Circuit
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
A one-year court-ordered plan that describes how to spill to a total dissolved gas cap level at each of the four lower Snake River and four lower Columbia River dams this coming spring was delivered to U.S. District Court of Oregon Friday, Dec. 8. Read More...  

Science Panel Hears Research On Sea Lion Consumption Of Spring Chinook Below Bonneville
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
In the Columbia River between the Pacific Ocean and Bonneville Dam, a distance of about 145 miles, a substantial number of adult spring chinook salmon that are identified in the lower river continue to disappear before reaching the dam, research by NOAA Fisheries shows. Read More...  

Lower Number Of Anglers Take Fewer Northern Pikeminnow In 2017 Than In 2016; $1.5 Million In Payouts
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
About 1,100 anglers removed 191,483 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers in 2017, with payments made by the Bonneville Power Administration to anglers of about $1,542,000. Read More...  

NOAA Fisheries Releases Recovery Plans For Snake River Fall Chinook, Spring Chinook/Steelhead
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries this week released two final recovery plans for Snake River salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act which detail recovery actions, time-frames, and costs aimed at de-listing. Read More...  

Montana Leaders, Tribes Urge Action On Mining Pollution From Canada Flowing Into Kootenai Drainage
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
After long-developing documentation of high levels of selenium, a bi-product of mining in British Columbia’s Elk Valley, and the failure of a water treatment plant to curb the problem, the state of Montana and tribal governments are weighing in on the matter. Read More...  

Tentative Settlement On Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Relicensing Expenses Goes To Utility Commission
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
A tentative settlement was reached this week in the decades long process to renew the Hells Canyon Complex’s operating license. Read More...  

Portland Harbor On List Of EPA Superfund Sites Targeted For ‘Immediate, Intense’ Attention
Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week released a list of Superfund sites targeted for “immediate and intense attention” that includes Portland Harbor. Read More...  
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