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Dworshak Unit Out: River Managers Mull Options To Maintain Cool Conditions For Snake River Salmon
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
A primary source of cool water used to improve Snake River salmon summertime migration conditions was pinched Aug. 15, leaving fish and hydro system management representatives to debate how to make the best out of a bad situation. Read More...  

Fall Chinook Salmon Counts At Bonneville Dam Bounce Up And Down; Ocean, Buoy 10 Fishing Hot
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
It does appear that the fall chinook returns are slowly beginning to grow.

A total of 23,401 fall chinook have been counted at Bonneville Dam through Tuesday with daily counts from 966 fish on Saturday to 4,455 on Monday, but trending downward -- 2,570 on Tuesday, 1,775 Wednesday and 1,076 Thursday.
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Pilot ‘Seine’ Fishing Gets A Go; Research Suggests High Mortality Rates For Released Fish Possible
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
The Columbia River Compact last week gave the green light to the first commercial “seine” fishing for salmon on the lower Columbia River mainstem since the nets were prohibited under state law by Washington in 1935 and by Oregon in 1950. Read More...  

Oregon Agency Denies Permit For Boardman Coal Facility, Cites Impacts To Columbia Tribal Fisheries
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
Tribes and conservation groups this week cheered an Oregon Department of State Lands denial of a removal-fill permit that would be needed to carry forward a proposal by Ambre Energy to build coal shipping facilities at Coyote Island Terminal at the Port of Morrow in Boardman on the mainstem Columbia River. Read More...  

Council Fine-Tuning Hatchery/Wild Language; Current Version Gives Hatchery Managers Discretion
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
Treatment of the always simmering hatchery vs. wild salmon issue was at the forefront recently as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council began deliberations about shaping its next Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program earlier this month. Read More...  

Draft $22 Million BPA/Idaho Settlement For Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation Released
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
After “years” of negotiations, Idaho officials and the Bonneville Power Administration are within a few short steps of finalizing a settlement agreement to bring $22 million to the state over the next 10 years for the purchase of wildlife habit to help mitigate for impacts caused by construction and operation of federal dams on the Snake River and tributaries. Read More...  

Fisheries Managers Assess Damage To South Fork Salmon River Stocks After Storms/Sediment Overload
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are assessing damage to summer chinook stocks after severe thunderstorms producing heavy rain flushed large amounts of sediment into the South Fork Salmon River. Read More...  

Parasite-Driven Disease Hitting Klamath Salmon Hard Also Found To Lesser Degree In Columbia Basin
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
Some spring chinook salmon adults returning to the Willamette and Deschutes river basins have been found to be infected by Ceratomyxa shasta (c. shasta), a parasite-driven disease that is contracted by the fish while in the river and that can kill adults before they spawn. Read More...  

Comment Period Opened For Corps’ Proposed Plan (EIS) To Dredge Lower Snake River Navigation Channel
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District last week announced it will open for public review and comments its “Lower Snake River Final Programmatic Sediment Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement.” Read More...  

Court Signs Agreement Restoring Expanded No-Spray Buffer To Protect Salmon From Five Pesticides
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 (PST)
Under a settlement agreement signed Aug. 15 by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly, conditions ordered by the court in 2004 would be restored that impose expanded no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides. Read More...  
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