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March 5, 2010

NOAA Proposes Fish Passage Operations Shift To Maximum Transport Due To Low Flows
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries Service says that in low-flow years, such as 2010 is almost certain to be, a shutting off of spring spill for fish passage at lower Snake River "collector" dams and a shift to "maximum" transportation would result in greater steelhead and spring/summer chinook salmon returns a few years down the road. Read More...  

Fish Passage Center: Sticking With 'Spread-The-Risk' Better Than Ending Spill, Upping Barging
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries Service says the elimination of spill this spring at three Snake River dams would reduce risks faced by outmigrating wild juvenile steelhead and spring/summer chinook salmon during what is expected to be a low-flow year. Read More...  

First Salmon-Eating Sea Lion Of 2010 Trapped, Euthanized; Stellers Continue Sturgeon Feed
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
Oregon officials on Wednesday trapped and euthanized with chemical injection the first California sea lion of the new season in the ongoing effort remove specific pinnipeds that are preying on salmon spawners in the waters below the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

With Runoff Forecast Decreasing, Maintaining Flow To Protect Chum Redds A Balancing Act
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The reigning Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinion requires fishery and hydro managers to revisit their annual chum salmon redd protection decision at least monthly to make sure "it is consistent with the need to provide spring flows for listed Columbia and Snake River stocks." Read More...  

Bank, Boat Anglers Turning Out For Anticipated Record Breaking Spring Chinook Return
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The prospect of a huge spring chinook return to the Columbia River basin already has anglers in a fever. Read More...  

USFWS Places Sage-Grouse On ESA Candidate List; Stresses Voluntary Conservation Agreements
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that, based on accumulated scientific data and new peer-reviewed information and analysis, the greater sage-grouse warrants the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

Oregon DEQ Says $1.2 Billion Needed To Restore Willamette Streamside Habitat
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
A recently released report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, completed as part of a federal watershed needs survey, estimates that it could cost up to $1.2 billion to restore streamside vegetation and improve streamside habitat from pollution caused by agriculture and other activities throughout the Willamette basin. Read More...  

With Low Snowpack, Washington Governor Wants Drought Relief Funds For Farms, Fish
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
With snowpack levels in much of the Cascade Mountain Range at 25 percent or more below average, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has asked the state Legislature to re-establish the state's drought relief reserves. Read More...  

Scientists Say This Year's El Nino Showing Signs Of Reducing Marine Life Abundance
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
The ongoing El Niño of 2010 is affecting north Pacific Ocean ecosystems in ways that could affect the West Coast fishing industry, according to scientists at NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Read More...  

Montana Senators Introduce Bill To Protect Flathead Valley From Mining Impacts
Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (PST)
Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have introduced legislation aimed at protecting the North Fork Flathead from mining, a response to similar protections recently enacted by the province of British Columbia. Read More...  
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