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Latest CBB News > Archives > January 8, 2010
January 8, 2010

'Early Bird' Basin Water Supply Forecast For Spring, Summer Shows Below Average
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Hydro system and fish managers are praying for rain and snow after hearing the season's initial monthly "early bird" forecast, which predicts that the water supply gushing from mountain snowpacks this spring and summer will be much less than the historic average across the Columbia-Snake river basin. Read More...  

Mid-Columbia Coho Restoration Program Showing Fish Returns 'Beyond Expectation'
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Coho salmon that once called mid-Columbia River tributaries home were decimated in the early 1900s.

And pre-1990s attempts to rekindle populations with hatchery programs were ended because of a failure to produce adequate adult returns.
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Refined Forecasts Show 2010 Could See Record Return Of Wild Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Fishery officials are refining their run-size forecasts for components of this year's return of spring chinook salmon to the Columbia-Snake river basin with the updates repeating the same refrain, "2010 should be a very good year." Read More...  

Increased Efforts To Reduce Bird Predation At Mid-Columbia Dams Help Achieve Fish Survival Standards
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The covering of bird predation hot spots with wire arrays and launching of an intensified hazing effort in combination appears to have dissuaded Caspian terns and gulls from congregating below the mid-Columbia River's Priest Rapids and Wanapum dams to feed on migrating juvenile sockeye salmon, according data compiled last year by Grant County Public Utility District researchers. Read More...  

Study: New Acoustic Tag System Tracks Salmon Survival, Migration More Precisely Than PIT-Tags
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
A new acoustic telemetry system tracks the migration of juvenile salmon using one-tenth as many fish as comparable methods, suggests a paper published in the January edition of the American Fisheries Society journal Fisheries. Read More...  

Agencies Take Further Steps On Assessing Proposed Gas Terminal's Impacts On Columbia Salmon
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The clock is expected to start ticking soon on NOAA Fisheries Service's process for evaluating whether the construction and operation of a liquefied natural gas terminal in the lower river would jeopardize the survival of 13 Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead stocks that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Study Looks At How Glacial Watersheds Contribute To Marine Food Webs
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
A study recently completed in the gulf coast of Alaska by federal and university researchers has found that as glacial ice disappears, the production and export of high-quality food from glacial watersheds to marine ecosystems may disappear too. This trend could have serious consequences for marine food webs. Read More...  

ODFW Reporting Strong Winter Steelhead Runs On Coast, Sandy, Clackamas, Willamette Rivers
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The same conditions that led to a banner run of hatchery coho salmon last year appear to have had a similar effect beneficial to winter steelhead. Read More...  

Are There Times When Restoring Natural Water Flows Can Cause Ecological Harm?
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Conservation projects often attempt to enhance the water-based transport of material, energy, and organisms in natural ecosystems. River restoration, for example, commonly includes boosting maximum flow rates. Read More...  

Draft Plan Released To Remove Black Slag From Upper Columbia River Beach
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The public is being asked to review and comment on formal documents that will guide removal of black slag from a beach on the Upper Columbia River.

The slag, which has the appearance of black sand, is an industrial byproduct discharged into the Columbia River from a metals smelting facility operated by Teck Metals Ltd. (formerly Teck Cominco) in Trail, British Columbia.
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