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Daily Fall Chinook Counts At Bonneville Dam, Over 67,000 Fish, Set Single-Day Return Records
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
The surge of spawning salmon up and over the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam have in recent days been of record proportions – at least in daily terms. Read More...  

Warm Water Expanse From Pacific To Japan Likely Bringing Changes To Marine Food Web
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Scientists across NOAA Fisheries are watching a persistent expanse of exceptionally warm water spanning the Gulf of Alaska that could send reverberations through the marine food web. Read More...  

Diversion Dam Removal Above Lake Billy Chinook Opens More Habitat For Deschutes Salmon, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Another of the many human-built obstacles to salmon and steelhead passage up and down central Oregon’s Whychus Creek is being removed this late summer with the deconstruction of an irrigation diversion dam just above the town of Sisters that has long helped wet Pine Meadow Ranch fields and pastures. Read More...  

Study Shows Hatchery Spring Chinook In Upper Willamette River Closely Related To Listed Wild Fish
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Hatchery populations of spring chinook salmon in the subbasins of the upper Willamette River are genetically similar to the wild populations in these basins and should continue to be used for recovery of spring chinook salmon. Read More...  

Comparing Strategies To Boost Stream Health For Wild Chinook; Most Effective, Adding Salmon Carcass
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Of three conservation strategies, adding decaying salmon carcasses and the nutrients they provide to a stream is the most effective for promoting the production of wild juvenile chinook salmon. Read More...  

First Steel ‘Anchor Tendons’ Installed At Fractured Wanapum Dam; Modified Fish Ladders Working
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Grant County Public Utility District and its contractors recently installed the first of 35 steel “anchor tendons” at the spillway at the mid-Columbia River’s Wanapum Dam spillway. Read More...  

Ambre Energy, Port Of Morrow, Wyoming File Appeal To Oregon Ruling On Columbia River Coal Transport
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
The project proponent, the Oregon port district where the work would take place and a primary coal source state – Wyoming – this week sought to overturn an Oregon agency permit denial of plans for construction of an export terminal on the Columbia River that would allow the transport of coal from trains to barges which, in turn, could be loaded onto ships bound for points east across the Pacific. Read More...  

USGS 20-Year Study Measures Levels Of Pesticides In Nation’s Rivers, Streams
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011). Pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks. Read More...  

Northwest Power/Conservation Council Finalizes Report On Columbia Basin Fish And Wildlife Costs
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week made final an annual report it will soon send off to the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington that details all fish and wildlife costs incurred by the Bonneville Power Administration during fiscal 2013. Read More...  

USFWS Revises Critical Habitat Designation For Canada Lynx, Revises ‘Distinct Population Segment’
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 (PST)
After more than a year of gathering public input and conducting scientific analysis, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it has revised Endangered Species Act protections for the Canada lynx, a species that roams parts of Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. Read More...  
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