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May 7, 2010

Cormorants Show Rapid Rise; With Terns Consume 15 Percent Of Estuary Juvenile Salmon In 2009
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
The Western population of double crested cormorants is 60 percent bigger than it was 18 years ago largely because of rapid growth at the Columbia River estuary's East Sand Island nesting site, according to a status assessment prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read More...  

With No Wet Spring To Help Snowpack BPA Says Net Revenues Will Be Down $230 Million
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration now estimates it will likely finish the fiscal year with negative net revenues of approximately $230 million. Read More...  

Above Average April Precipitation Increased Basinwide Water Supply Forecast By 1 Percent
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
Above average April precipitation across much of the Columbia River basin helped push up ever so slightly expectations for spring and summer runoff that is vital for fish and humans. Read More...  

Spring Chinook Return At Midpoint Shows Preseason Forecast Unlikely, But Run Still Big
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
With the 2010 "upriver" spring chinook salmon return to the Columbia-Snake river basin believed at its midpoint, fishery officials have decided the run will be big, but not big enough to break the record as was forecast in the preseason. Read More...  

Lower Columbia River ‘Select’ Fishing Areas Filled With Hatchery Fish; Commercial Fishing Approved
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
With lower Columbia River estuary select areas relatively clean of protected upriver spring chinook salmon, Oregon and Washington officials OK'd commercial fisheries aimed at hatchery fish that might otherwise stray onto tributary spawning grounds. Read More...  

Spill To Proceed At Libby Dam To Test Benefits For Kootenai River Sturgeon Spawning
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
A spill test for white sturgeon will proceed at Libby Dam in June, based on recent inflow forecasts for Lake Koocanusa. Read More...  

Six Sea Lions Trapped This Week, One Euthanized; Salmon Feeding Slowing Down
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
State biologists trapped six sea lions this below Bonneville Dam this week, one of which was eligible for lethal removal under the terms of authorization received from the federal government. Read More...  

Estuary Gas Terminal Plan Suspended; Litigation, ESA Consultation Still Underway
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
On Tuesday the project backer sent out a press release that said is was "suspending" the development of a $650 million liquefied natural gas terminal at Bradwood Landing on the banks of the Columbia River upstream from Astoria, Ore. Read More...  

USFWS Awards Contracts To Make Improvements To Carson, Eagle Creek National Fish Hatcheries
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded two contracts totaling $654,335 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment for improvements at the Carson National Fish Hatchery. Read More...  

First Of 10 New, More Efficient ‘Turbine Runners’ On Its Way To Chief Joseph Dam
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 (PST)
A major new, 45-ton piece of a hydroelectric turbine this week began a 2,720-mile journey to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chief Joseph Dam in eastern Washington, where it will boost the power generated by the Columbia River. Read More...  
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