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Conservation Groups, Oregon, Nez Perce File To Stop Capital Projects At Lower Snake River Dams
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
Conservation groups, the state of Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe are pleading their case before the U.S. District Court of Oregon to stop eleven capital projects at the four lower Snake River dams until the three federal agencies that operate the dams complete a National Environmental Policy Act review that could call for removing the dams. Read More...  

NOAA Completes BiOp For Mitchell Act Hatcheries, Proposes Reduction In Fall Chinook Releases
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region has completed a biological opinion of hatcheries funded under the Mitchell Act, potentially freeing the federal agency to make payments to operators of those hatcheries. Read More...  

Washington Votes To Move Forward With Columbia River Harvest Changes,Oregon To Consider Similar Plan
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted last week to implement the next phase of the state's reform policy on Columbia River salmon management, including updates to provisions for fall chinook salmon. Read More...  

Washington ‘State of Salmon’ Report: Seven ESA-Listed Populations Showing No Recovery Progress
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
In most of Washington State salmon recovery goals are not being met. Read More...  

Water Supply Forecast For Dalles Dam Now 101 Percent Of Normal, All Columbia Sub-Basins Above Normal
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
The water supply outlook for the Columbia River Basin is shaping up to be considerably wetter in 2017 than it was in 2016, a year marked by both record heat and much higher-than-average precipitation in the last months of the year. Read More...  

Council, BPA Release ‘Request For Information’ On ‘Ready To Implement’ Sturgeon Projects
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
Using $300,000 identified from cost-savings in fiscal year 2016, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the Bonneville Power Administration released a request for information to fund project-ready study ideas for white sturgeon upstream of Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

Study Shows Successful Reintroduction Of Oregon Chub Also A Genetic Success
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
Biologists have found that the reintroduction efforts of a little known fish – the Oregon chub –resulted in a genetically diverse population of the fish in the Willamette Valley, according to a recent study. Read More...  

Commerce Secretary Declares Fisheries Failures For Nine West Coast Salmon, Crab Fisheries
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Wednesday determined there are commercial fishery failures for nine salmon and crab fisheries in Alaska, California and Washington. Read More...  

NW Power/Conservation Council Seeks Comments On Draft Research Plan To Guide FW Program
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
The Northwest Power And Conservation Council is inviting comments on a draft revision of the its “Research Plan” for the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Read More...  

Federal Judge Rules Leavenworth Hatchery Unlawfully Discharging Pollutants Into Creek, Needs Permit
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 (PST)
A federal judge has finally weighed in to end bureaucratic back-and-forthing between agencies over permitting a federal hatchery on a Wenatchee River tributary that has been going on since 1980. Read More...  
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