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Total Tribal Salmon/Steelhead Columbia River Harvest Best Since 1977; Jack Counts Show High Numbers
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
By the end of this week, an estimated 239,000 fall chinook salmon will have been harvested in 2014 by treaty tribes, mostly in Columbia River reservoirs upstream of Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

Genetic Markers Linked With Body Size, Migration Distance May Aid In Efforts To Restore Lamprey
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
Efforts to restore greatly depleted populations of Pacific lamprey to the interior Columbia-Snake river basin could be aided by reading so-called genetic markers that tell researchers which of the spawners returning from the Pacific Ocean are best fitted for the arduous journey upstream, according to a research paper posted online this week in the scientific journal, Evolutionary Applications. Read More...  

Religious, Tribal Leaders Send To President, Prime Minister Declaration On Columbia River Treaty
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
Religious and indigenous leaders this week transmitted to U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a “Declaration of Ethics and Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty,” which they say should serve as the foundation for international negotiations regarding renewal of the Columbia River Treaty. Read More...  

Study Documents For First Time Number Of Spawning White Sturgeon In Upper Columbia At Border
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
A study to determine the number of spawning adult white sturgeon in an area of the upper Columbia River) that straddles the Canadian and U.S. border will help fisheries managers in the recovery efforts for the endangered fish. Read More...  

Dworshak Generator Outage, Now Back In Action, Had Corps Juggling Spill, Flow Operations For Fish
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
The Walla Walla District of the Corps of Engineers placed Dworshak Dam's hydroelectric generator Unit 3 back in service Monday after completing repairs of damage due to a short circuit in the stator winding on Aug. 15. Read More...  

Draft EIS Released For Raising Cle Elum Pool; Aimed At Improving Fish Habitat In Cle Elum, Yakima
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
The federal Bureau of Reclamation and the state of Washington’s Department of Ecology this week released for public comment a draft environmental impact statement for the “Cle Elum Pool Raise Project,” which is part of a larger plan to boost water storage for use by fish and humans. Read More...  

Study Documents Contribution Of Natural Atmospheric Dynamics To Temperature Rise In Northwest
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
Since 1900, sea surface and land-based surface temperatures in the northeastern Pacific Ocean have risen up to 1 degree Centigrade with most of that temperature rise occurring by 1940. Read More...  

Study Counters Current Wisdom On Density, Condition Of Migrating Subyearling Chinook In Estuary
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
Higher summer water temperatures in the lower Columbia River as it flows downstream from Bonneville Dam and into the Columbia River estuary do not necessarily result in deteriorating physical condition for subyearling chinook salmon, according to a recent study. Read More...  

BPA/Idaho $40 Million Southern Idaho Wildlife Habitat Mitigation Agreement Finalized
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
Southern Idaho wildlife habitat got a huge boost this week from a new $40 million agreement between the State of Idaho and the Bonneville Power Administration, said Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter in a press release. Read More...  

Research Shows Weak Coastal Upwellings More Frequent Since 1950 Than In Past Five Centuries
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 (PST)
In findings of relevance to both conservationists and the fishing industry, new research links short-term reductions in growth and reproduction of marine animals off the California Coast to increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents — currents which historically supply nutrients to the region's diverse ecosystem. Read More...  
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