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Updated Water Supply Forecast: 87 Percent Of Normal At Dalles Dam, 84 Percent At Lower Granite
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
A long February dry spell across much of the Columbia River basin helped to draw down forecasts of how much snowpack will be available in spring and summer to feed the vast river system that needs the water for fish, power at dams, irrigation of crops and many other uses. Read More...  

Fish Managers Show Success In Keeping Pend Oreille Northern Pike From Moving Into Columbia River
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
State and tribal fish managers are winning the battle against invasive northern pike on a section of the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington, but they don't expect to declare victory anytime soon. Read More...  

New Report Documents Washington State’s Salmon Recovery Efforts
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
Salmon recovery efforts in Washington are making a difference – more salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains – according to a new report released this week by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. Read More...  

Independent Science Board: ‘Density Dependence,’ Diminished Habitat Constraining Salmon Recovery
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
Fishery managers and researchers engaged in salmon and steelhead recovery efforts need to better understand, and address, issues related to what has become a smaller and less hospitable Columbia River basin world, according to a Feb.25 report issued by the region’s Independent Scientific Advisory Board. Read More...  

Here Come The Fish: First Upriver Spring Chinook Of 2015 Counted At Bonneville Dam Fish Ladder
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
That long awaited sign of spring has finally arrived for Columbia River basin anglers – a report late this week of the first true crossing of an upriver spring chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam, which is located 146 miles upstream from the mouth of the river. Read More...  

Corps Dredging Of Federal Navigation Channel Completed For Snake, Clearwater Rivers, Two Ports
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that maintenance dredging of problem areas in the federal navigation channel, and at two port berthing areas, has been completed in the Snake and Clearwater rivers. Read More...  

Study Suggests Improved Method For Measuring Juvenile Salmon Life History In Columbia Estuary
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
A recent study questions the accuracy of the long-used technique of scale morphology when estimating fish age and timing for juvenile chinook salmon migrating into the Columbia River estuary. Read More...  

ESA-Listed Columbia Basin Bull Trout’s Genetic Diversity Threatened By Future Climate Change
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
Threatened bull trout populations in the Columbia River basin that likely have the least ability to adapt are typically found in locations that are most susceptible to climate change, according to a research paper published early this month. Read More...  

Oregon Wolf Population Rises By 20 Percent In 2014; Less Livestock Incidents, More Animals Killed
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
A 2014 census of the Oregon gray wolf population turned up 77 gray wolves, an increase of 20 percent over last year’s tally, according to an annual report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Read More...  

Scientists Suspect Unusually Warm Water Along California Coast Cause Of Sea Lion Pup Stranding
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 (PST)
New information from scientists with NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center indicates that this year is likely to be another rough year for California sea lions. Read More...  
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