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Report: California Sea Lions This Year Take Big Chunk Out Of Willamette River Spring Chinook Run
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
An estimate of California sea lion predation of spring chinook salmon and steelhead at Willamette Falls found that predation by the sea lions was at an all-time high, but not as high as the 8,474 of salmonids taken by sea lions this year at Bonneville Dam, where some sea lions are removed and a few destroyed. Read More...  

NOAA Climate Prediction Center Updated El Nino Forecast: Northwest On Track For Warm, Dry Winter
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released an updated El Nino forecast this week that is in line with previous forecasts in recent months predicting that weather patterns driven by Pacific Ocean water temperatures will rival the strongest El Nino on record in 1997-1998. Read More...  

NOAA: El Nino, ‘Warm Blob’ Expected To Supercharge Storms, Redistribute Marine Species
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
The emerging El Nino climate pattern that is warming the tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to continue–and could even increase–the appearance of marine species in unfamiliar places along the West Coast. This trend started with a vast "warm blob" of high temperature waters that has dominated the Northeast Pacific since 2014, says NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in a recent posting on the NWFSC website at Read More...  

Washington Governor Directs WDOE To Draft New Clean Water Rule ‘To Preserve State’s Decision-Making
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced he’s directing the state Department of Ecology to draft a new clean water rule that will “preserve the state’s decision-making control over how to meet federal requirements,” said the governor’s office in a press release. Read More...  

Though Large Fall Chinook Return Nearly Done, Coho Run Showing To Be Smallest Since 1997
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
Commercial gillnetters continue this week to fish over the smallest coho salmon run over Bonneville Dam in nearly two decades. Read More...  

Research Indicates Salmon Survival In Columbia River Tributaries Lags Mainstem Survival
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
Survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead while they migrate through tributaries of the Columbia River is lower than survival of the fish once they reach the mainstem. Read More...  

Study: Salmon Escapement Targets, Harvest Impacted By Timing/Abundance Of Fish Runs In Real Time
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
Each year as salmon return to spawn, fisheries managers are faced with decisions about harvest. Read More...  

Warming Coastal Ocean Temperatures May Lead To Negative Effect For Salmon ‘Recruitment’
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
While the Pacific Decadal Oscillation is the most important factor in determining how many salmon return from the ocean to streams in the Northwest, a series of other more regional environmental factors also influence that return, according to a recent study. Read More...  

Bonneville Power Makes 2015 Fiscal Year Payment To U.S. Treasury: $891 Million
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration this week announced that it completed its 32nd consecutive annual payment to the U.S. Treasury on time and in full. The total payment was $891 million for fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30. Read More...  

Six Grant PUD Employees Injured In Priest Rapids Dam Electrical Equipment Failure
Posted on Friday, October 09, 2015 (PST)
On Thursday Oct. 8, an electrical equipment failure which created an explosion was reported in the powerhouse at Grant PUD’s Priest Rapids Dam. Six employees sustained various levels of injury. Read More...  
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