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This Year’s Coho Return To Columbia River Forecasted To Be Far Above 10-Year Average
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
More than 1 million adult coho salmon are expected along the Oregon coast and Columbia River in 2019. Some 905,600 of those are forecasted to enter the Columbia. Read More...  

Idaho Study Finds Catch-Release For Wild Steelhead Little Impact On Adult/Progeny Survival
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
Oregon, Washington and Idaho mandate anglers to release all wild steelhead they catch, but the effects on progeny of the steelhead caused by the stress of the fight, as well as by the air exposure as anglers release the fish prior to spawning, are still being debated. Read More...  

NW Power/Conservation Council Hears Details On Flexible Spill Agreement To Aid Juvenile Salmonids
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
An agreement was signed by federal agencies, states and one tribe in December that sets a framework for how spring and some summer spill at Columbia/Snake river dams will be conducted this year and for a couple of years into the future until its concept can be tucked into a new environmental impact statement and biological opinion of the federal power system in 2020 and into the interim 2018 BiOp expected to be released by NOAA Fisheries in April. Read More...  

February Rain, Snow Gives Slight Bump To Basin Water Supply Outlook
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
Some portions of the Columbia River basin saw significant rain and snow, along with cooler than normal weather, over the past week, but the change to a basin water supply forecast that is just a little more than a week old has been slight. Read More...  

Experimental Draining Of Willamette Reservoir To Aid Juvenile Salmon Has Unintended Consequences
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
The experimental extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon to aid downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon is showing benefits but also a mix of unintended consequences, including changing the aquatic food web and releasing potential predators downstream. Read More...  

Comments For New Proposed Recovery Plan For Puget Sound Wild Steelhead Due March 28
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
Some 8,000 aging culverts under roads and driveways around Puget Sound block threatened Puget Sound steelhead from reaching high headwaters streams where they historically spawned, creating a major obstacle to the species’ recovery. Read More...  

Sea Lions Getting Shot, Killed In Greater Seattle Area; NOAA Fisheries Offers $20,000 Reward For Inf
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction in the shootings of California sea lions in and around West Seattle. Read More...  

Public Lands Bill Includes Protection For Methow Valley Headwaters From Mining, Covers 340,000 Acres
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
This week the U.S. Senate passed legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) to protect the Methow Valley watershed from mining. Read More...  

NOAA Announces Arrival Of Weak El Nino; Significant Impacts Not Expected
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory this week, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring. While the El Nino is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months. Read More...  

NOAA’s Latest Weather Satellite To Improve Forecasts For Western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 (PST)
On Tuesday, GOES-17, the second of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites, completed its checkout phase and is now operating in the GOES West position, providing faster, more accurate, and more detailed observations used by National Weather Service forecasters to predict Pacific storm systems, severe storms, fog, wildfires, and other environmental dangers. Read More...  
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