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NOAA Releases Preliminary 2018 Juvenile Salmonid Survival Estimates Through Columbia/Snake Dams
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
Yearling chinook salmon from upstream of Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River down through Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River survived at a below average rate this spring if they were from a hatchery and at an above average rate if they were wild, according to a recent preliminary report from NOAA Fisheries on juvenile survival through the hydro system. Read More...  

Where Did Pike In Columbia Basin Come From? Detection, Suppression Necessary To Slow Invasion
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
Northern pike is a fish that is broadly distributed across the northern hemisphere, but is not native to the Pacific Northwest, and it remains unwanted.

Its presence as low in the Columbia River basin as Lake Roosevelt is now posing a threat to native fish downstream of Grand Coulee Dam in what many are calling the anadromous zone where salmon and steelhead fish spawn, rear and eventually migrate to and from the ocean.
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Groups Issue Notice To Sue Over Steelhead Fishing In Idaho; Say Harming Wild Summer Steelhead
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
Five environmental groups sent to the Idaho Governor and Idaho fisheries agencies a 60-day notice that they intend to sue, alleging that Idaho is illegally allowing recreational angling for summer steelhead, particularly for the larger wild B-run steelhead. Snake River wild summer steelhead were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1997. Read More...  

Study: How Warmer Columbia/Snake Water Temps Affect Adult Salmonid Migration Timing, Survival
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
A recent study that summarizes adult salmon and steelhead body temperatures as they migrate upstream in the Columbia River and into the Snake River found that spring and summer chinook salmon body temperatures largely match stream temperature, causing few delays as they migrate. Read More...  

Council Hears Update On Latest BPA Funding Reductions To Fish And Wildlife Program Projects
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration is continuing to look for cuts to its Fish and Wildlife funding that, eventually, the power marketing agency hopes will total $30 million each year in savings. Read More...  

IDFG Reaches Agreement With USFWS To Operate Hatchery Raising 1.6 Million Upper Salmon Steelhead
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
Idaho Fish and Game recently reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assume operations of the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, which raises about 1.6 million juvenile steelhead for release in the Upper Salmon River Basin. Read More...  

Council Approves ‘Asset Management’ Plan Aimed At Maintaining 14 Basin Hatcheries, 1,041 Screens
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
A strategic plan nearly four years in the making that lays out how the region will maintain fish and wildlife assets in the Columbia River basin was approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting this week in Wenatchee, Wash. Read More...  

Federal Judge Denies Request To Reopen Deschutes River Clean Water Case
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
An August 24 motion to reopen a lawsuit alleging operations at Portland General Electric’s Pelton Round Butte Complex of dams in Oregon’s lower Deschutes River was responsible for clean water violations was denied by the U.S. District in Portland that had overseen the suit for the last two years. Read More...  

Wood Fiesta: Yakama Nation Salmon Habitat Project Transports By Helicopter Logs To Streams
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
A high flying habitat restoration project is underway in Washington’s Yakima Basin, with a heavy helicopter delivering logs to the streambeds and flood plains of seven Yakima River tributaries. Read More...  

Research: Reconnecting Side Channels Throughout Columbia River Basin Would Increase Rearing Capacity
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 (PST)
Some 26 percent of side channel habitat throughout the Columbia River basin that historically had been used by juvenile salmon and steelhead in their downstream migration to the ocean has been lost, according to a recent study. Read More...  
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