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Federal Court Again Rejects Columbia Basin Salmon/Steelhead Recovery Plan; Orders New BiOp By 2018
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
A federal court this week rejected much of the federal government’s recovery plan for Columbia River salmon and steelhead -- the 2014 NOAA Fisheries biological opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System -- and gave federal agencies almost two years to come back with a new and improved version that complies with federal environmental laws. Read More...  

Changes At Lower Granite Aimed At Cooling Adult Fish Ladder Where Salmon Hit ‘Thermal Barrier'
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
Adult fish passing Lower Granite Dam can expect cooler water temperatures at the dam this summer due to a new fish ladder temperature improvement system that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says will eliminate a thermal barrier that last year stopped lower Snake River sockeye salmon from migrating up the ladder. Read More...  

Water Supply Forecast Still At Normal But April Warmth Did ‘A Number On Our Snowpack’
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
While water supply conditions are still considered better than they were at this time last year, warmer-than-average temperatures throughout April in the Columbia River Basin produced a rapid snowpack runoff that will drive peak streamflows weeks ahead of historic averages. Read More...  

Wallowa Lake:Lodge Owners, Nez Perce Work Together On Easement That Could Aid Sockeye Reintroduction
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
More than 100 years ago sockeye spawned along the southern shore of northeast Oregon’s Wallowa Lake and the inflowing river.

This year conservation-minded investors and the Nez Perce Tribe came together to protect 10 acres of prime spawning habitat owned by Wallowa Lake Lodge – habitat that could play an important role in the return of sockeye to the lake.
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Wallowa Lake: Taking A Look At Viability Of ‘Salmon Cannon’ For Sockeye Fish Passage
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
Getting fish over dams and natural barriers may get a lot easier as more and more Northwest fisheries managers test the “salmon cannon.” Read More...  

States Extend Chinook Fishing Above Bonneville; Springers Passage At Dam Surged This Week
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
With lower fishing success than expected by recreational anglers fishing upstream of Bonneville Dam to the Oregon and Washington border, along with a surge of spring chinook salmon passing the dam, the two-state Columbia River Compact yesterday extended recreational fishing through this weekend. Read More...  

Oregon Adopts Summer/Fall Salmon Fishing Regulations At Buoy 10, Columbia River
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
At its April 22 meeting in Bandon, Oregon, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted cautious regulations, timing and limits for summer and fall seasons on salmon fishing in state waters in the ocean, and Buoy 10 in the Columbia River upstream to the Oregon and Washington State border. Read More...  

Study: ‘Hydropeaking’ Of River Water Levels Disrupting Insect Survival, River Ecosystems
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
A group of researchers concluded this week in a study in the journal BioScience that "hydropeaking" of water flows on many rivers in the West has a devastating impact on aquatic insect abundance. Read More...  

Oregon Seeking More Money From Corps To Cover McKenzie River Hatchery Expenses, Smolt Releases
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
The state of Oregon has gone straight to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management for more money to cover its expenses to operate the McKenzie River spring chinook hatchery in the McKenzie River basin. Read More...  

Field Based Salmon Egg-To-Fry Study In Upper Yakima System Shows Good Survival, Analyzes Factors
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2016 (PST)
Egg-to-fry survival for chinook salmon appears not to be a major factor limiting survival in much of the upper Yakima River system, according to a recent study that looked at four years of data. Read More...  
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