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February 5, 2010

Basin Snowpack Forecast Showing 8th Lowest In Last 50 Years; Bonneville Projects $6 Million Loss
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Snowpack totals are down across the entire Columbia-Snake river basin this winter as compared to long-term averages, and as a result so are hopes for a generous water supply this spring and summer for migrating salmon, power generators, irrigators and other users. Read More...  

Effort Underway To Secure Federal Funding For Walla Walla River-Columbia River Water Exchanged
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Now in the 11th hour of an eight-year, $8 million study, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, along with the states of Oregon and Washington, local officials and the farm community, have started working with congressional leaders and the Obama Administration to secure funding for a $300 million project that would guarantee a source of water to irrigate crops while leaving flows in the Walla Walla River for migrating salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Researchers In January Observe Increased Predation by Stellar Sea Lions On White Sturgeon
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Ever-increasing levels of predation by Steller sea lions, and to some degree California sea lions, on white sturgeon appears to be a trend that is continuing upward in the waters below the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

Adaptive Management Plan 'Trigger' System Gets Test Drive With Upper Columbia Spring Chinook
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The newly devised Adaptive Management Implementation Plan's triggering system got a test drive this fall and winter with an evaluation of whether the endangered Upper Columbia River spring chinook salmon stock had dipped to levels that require revival actions beyond those already taking place. Read More...  

BiOp Litigation: Judge Redden Now Weighs Decision On Status Of Adaptive Management Plan
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
An overtime legal debate came to a close late last week with the federal government reiterating its stance that it can supplement the official record in the long-running lawsuit over the legitimacy of its Columbia-Snake river hydro system "BiOp." Read More...  

Season's First Chinook Caught As Vanguard Of Expected Return Of 550,000 'Springers'
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The first known spring chinook salmon catch of the year was reported Feb. 1 in the Columbia River off Davis Bar, west of Vancouver, Wash., according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Weekender Report." Read More...  

CBB Interview: Bruce Measure, New Chairman Of Northwest Power And Conservation Council
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
A newfound regional momentum in both the fish and wildlife and power arenas needs to be encouraged and nurtured by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, says Bruce Measure, newly elected NPCC chair. Read More...  

USFWS, Foundation Issue $600,000 In Grants For Columbia River Estuary Habitat Work
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation this week announced that seven projects designed to benefit salmon, sea birds and native plants have been selected to receive a total of $600,000 from the Columbia River Estuarine Coastal Fund. Read More...  

Study: Storm Runoff Contaminated With Home Pesticides Impacting Aquatic Food Supply
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
Pyrethroids, among the most widely-used home pesticides, are winding up in California rivers at levels toxic to some stream-dwellers, possibly endangering the food supply of fish and other aquatic animals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Southern Illinois University. Read More...  

NOAA Has New Fisheries Survey Vessel To Study West Coast Sea Life, Ocean Conditions
Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (PST)
NOAA has taken delivery of Bell M. Shimada, the agency’s newest high-tech fisheries survey vessel.

Bell M. Shimada's primary mission will be to study, monitor and collect data on a wide range of sea life and ocean conditions, primarily in U.S. waters from Washington state to southern California.
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