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Wanapum Dam: Tribes Urge Feds To Be ‘Proactive’ In Requiring Monitoring, Evaluation Of Fish Passage
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in an April 2 letter to two federal agencies stresses the need to involve treaty tribes in processes to address issues posed by a fractured mid-Columbia River dam that has the potential to affect survival rates for migrating salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Wanapum Dam: Possible Fracture Causes Ruled Out, Water Pressure On Spillway Face A Factor
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
Central Washington’s Grant County Public Utility District announced Wednesday that the foundation below Wanapum Dam was not a factor in creating the fracture discovered Feb. 27 on the dam’s spillway pier monolith No. 4. Read More...  

March Storms Lift Columbia Basin Water Supply Forecast To 104 Percent Of 1981-2010 Average
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
“March was a great month for the Pacific Northwest” as regards the collection of mountain snowpack that will feed the Columbia and Snake rivers and their tributaries this spring and summer, according to Joanne Salerno, a senior hydrologist for the Northwest River Forecast Center. Read More...  

Scientists Tell Council Proposed Spring Spill Experiment Not Complete Enough For Implementation
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
Could a controversial proposal to boost springtime spill at mainstem Columbia and Snake river dams add to knowledge regarding spill, juvenile dam passage survival, and adult fish returns? Read More...  

Council’s Economic Advisers Urge ‘Economic Considerations’ In Making F&W Program More Cost Effective
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
In a report completed late last month, members of the Independent Economic Analysis Board “suggest that, with better information, economics could be applied to achieve more at less cost” through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Read More...  

Ocean Chinook Fishing Off Northwest Coast Should Range From Good To Great
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
The proposed 2014 ocean salmon seasons for off the California, Oregon and Washington coasts announced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council this week include good news for both sport anglers and commercial troll salmon fishermen. Read More...  

Washington’s Package Of Salmon Fisheries Finalized; Managers Say Meets Wild Fish Conservation Goals
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
State and tribal co-managers meeting in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries for ocean and freshwater that they say meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks. Read More...  

NE Oregon Study: With Rising Wolf Numbers How Will Wolves-Cougars Interact, Impact Deer, Elk?
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
Lots of cougars eat lots of deer and elk and now another carnivore – the gray wolf – has joined the mix of predators.

How will the cougars react to the wolves? How will the elk and deer react to a second predator? Will the wolves chase off the cougars? Will the cougars chase off the wolves?
Read More...  

USFWS 2013 Northern Rocky Wolf Monitoring Report Shows Wolf Population Well Above Recovery Goals
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with other federal, state and tribal agencies, announced the 2013 Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf population numbers. Read More...  

California Trucks Salmon Smolts To Golden Gate As Part Of Study Testing Barging, Trucking, Survival
Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 (PST)
California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists and the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee are continuing an experimental project to help California’s ocean-bound juvenile salmon, in hopes of increasing survival rates. Read More...  
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