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A Northern Pike Caught In John Day Reservoir: For Salmon, Canary In The Coal Mine?
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
Eradication of northern pike -- an invasive and voracious predator -- in the Columbia River basin took on a more urgent tone this week with the announcement that a northern pike may have been caught in the reservoir backed up behind the John Day Dam. Read More...  

2015: Huge Fall Chinook Return, Below Average Steelhead Run, Coho Only 28 Percent Of Average
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
The number of fall chinook passing Bonneville Dam continues to mount with nearly 1,000 more fish over the dam this week, increasing the record run to 954,376, or 212 percent of the 10-year average, according to NOAA Fisheries’ Paul Wagner at Wednesday’s Technical Management Team meeting. Read More...  

Study Offers Details On Lamprey Migration; Based On Environmental Cues, Less On Seasonal Timing
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
Pacific lamprey have evolved to migrate from freshwater to saltwater based on environmental cues, such as high water and rain events, rather than migrating at a specific time as do other anadromous fish, according to a recent study of lamprey in the Sacramento River system. Read More...  

As Climate Warms, Columbia Basin Salmonids Will Seek ‘Thermal Edge’ To Avoid Extinction
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
Water temperatures in northwest streams will rise about half as much as the expected air temperatures will rise due to climate warming caused by greenhouse gases, challenging some fish species to shift their range to seek cool water refuges in order to survive. Read More...  

Senate Energy/Natural Resources Panel Resumes Review Of Proposed Yakima Basin Water Plan
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has resumed its review of legislation that would implement a plan for managing water and conservation efforts in the Yakima Basin, with critics pressing for changes that would tighten environmental reviews and general oversight of the Yakima Basin Plan. Read More...  

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon For Food; ‘rDNA’ Makes The Fish Grow Faster
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week gave the first approval for a “genetically engineered” animal intended for food – salmon. Read More...  

Study Links Ocean Warming To Sudden Onset Of Low Oxygen Marine Dead Zones
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
A new study has found a link between abrupt ocean warming at the end of the last ice age and the sudden onset of low-oxygen, or hypoxic conditions that led to vast marine dead zones. Read More...  

Report Synthesizes Relevant Research On Climate Change And Future Of Puget Sound
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
A new report by the University of Washington synthesizes all the relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region to paint a picture of what to expect in the coming decades and how best to prepare for that future. Read More...  

Grand Opening Set For Grant PUD’s New Visitor Center, ‘The Power Of The Columbia River’
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
The grand opening for The Power of the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s new visitor center is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the center will be open to the public with new displays that highlight the balancing act between hydropower, fish passage, recreation, and natural resource management. Read More...  

Study Indicates Fish Health May Be Affected By Pharmaceuticals In Treated Wastewater
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (PST)
Fish health may be affected by pharmaceuticals in treated wastewater released into streams and other water bodies, according to a recent laboratory and field study by the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory at St. Cloud State University and the U.S. Geological Survey. Read More...  
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