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March 20, 2009

Ocean 'Indicators' Help Develop Forecasts For Columbia River Salmon Returns
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
All of the signs -- called ocean indicators -- point toward swelled returns to the Columbia River basin in 2010 and 2011 that could even challenge 2001's record upriver spring chinook salmon run, according to ongoing research conducted by NOAA Fisheries Service's Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Read More...  

Ocean Conditions, Lack Of Biodiversity Likely Caused Sacramento River Chinook Collapse
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
"What caused the Sacramento River fall Chinook stock collapse?"

Recent years' severe dropoff in adult returns was likely the result of an inhospitable ocean pushing a chronically vulnerable fish population nearly off the edge, according to a report/analysis released this week by NOAA Fisheries Service's Southwest Region.
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States Capture Three More California Sea Lions Below Bonneville Dam
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
Oregon and Washington biologists this week captured three more California sea lions below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam with two of the big marine mammals likely to be ticketed for residence at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Read More...  

Some Changes To Steelhead Passage Proposal, But No Decision To Sacrifice The Water
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
The proposal has evolved, but opinions are unchanged about whether Bonneville Dam's "corner collector" should be opened earlier than scheduled to provide another passage route at the project for steelhead kelt making a run down the Columbia River. Read More...  

Report Offers Comprehensive Review Of Fish Tagging, With Recommendations
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
An exhaustive, comparative independent science review of fish tagging technologies used in the Columbia River basin was completed this week along with recommendations for making tagging programs more productive and efficient. Read More...  

Bureau Releases Draft EA for Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage Release Project
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a Draft Environmental Assessment for implementation of the Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage Release Project. Read More...  

Study: If Faced With Choice, Trout Will Choose Cooler Polluted Water Over Cleaner Warmer Water
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
When faced with a choice between warmer stream temperatures and low metal exposures or cooler temperatures but increased metal levels in water, trout head toward cooler, more contaminated waters, according to an article published in the April 2009 issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Read More...  

Interior Issues Status Of U.S. Bird Populations; One-Third Endangered, Threatened
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
The Department of Interior this week released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the United States, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats. Read More...  

Obama Announces Nomination For New Bureau Of Reclamation Commissioner
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
President Obama announced this week that he intends to nominate Michael L. Connor as Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Read More...  

Alaska's 2009 Statewide Salmon Forecast Projects 11th Largest Since 1960
Posted on Saturday, September 05, 2009 (PST)
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this week announced that the statewide commercial salmon harvest in 2009 is projected to total 174.8 million salmon of all species. This is an increase compared to 2008, with nearly all of this increase expected to come from improved pink salmon catches. Read More...  
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