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January 23, 2009

Proposed Salmon-Tagging Study Seeks Better Info On Lower River Sea Lion Predation
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center is seeking funding, and regional approval, for a pilot study that could lead to a better understanding of the impact predatory seals and sea lions have on spawning spring chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. Read More...  

Dalles Dam 'Spillwall,' Willamette Work, John Day Configuration Major Items In 2009 Corps Fish Mitig
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
First-year construction costs for The Dalles Dam's "spillwall" -- an estimated $27.2 million -- will eat up nearly one-third of fiscal year 2009 Columbia River Fish Mitigation program's anticipated budget. Read More...  

Debate Over 2008 BiOp, Springtime Hydro Operations Pushed Up Against The Clock
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
Legal arguments about how the federal Columbia/Snake river hydro system will be operated this year to accommodate migrating salmon and steelhead have been put on hold while U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden mulls the big picture -- a 10-year strategy for avoiding jeopardy to the protected fish. Read More...  

States Continue Efforts Toward Harvest Allocation Agreement For Upcoming Season
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
The division of the 2009 allowed harvest of Columbia River basin upriver spring chinook salmon between sport and commercial fisheries remains in limbo as the season approaches, but a resolution could come as soon as today (Jan. 23). Read More...  

FERC Denies Rehearing For Proposed Natural Gas Terminal; NOAA BiOp Required
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Jan. 15 denied requests for a rehearing on its Sept. 18 order authorizing the construction and operation of the proposed Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas terminal near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. Read More...  

Research: Warmer Climate Causing Huge Increase In PNW Old Growth Tree Mortality
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
Regional warming and drought stress are the "dominant contributors" to a rapid increase of tree mortality in old growth forests across the West during the past 50 years, a new report concludes, with the Pacific Northwest the hardest hit of all areas studied. Read More...  

Oregon Wind Farm Siting Guidelines On Wildlife, Habitat Impacts Available
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
New Oregon guidelines to address wildlife concerns in the face of rapidly increasing wind energy facilities in the Columbia Basin are now available. Read More...  

New Administration Puts Wolf Delisting On Hold Pending Review
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
President Barack Obama this week issued a freeze on publication of federal regulations planned under the previous administration but not yet published in the Federal Register, which includes a proposal to delist gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. Read More...  

Report Offers Scientists, Policymakers Tools To Assess Climate Change Uncertainties
Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 (PST)
The U.S. Climate Change Science Program has issued its final assessment product presenting a summary of methods and strategies to characterize, analyze, and deal with uncertainty as it relates to climate change and its effects. Read More...  


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