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July 11,2008

NOAA Issues Willamette Basin's First BiOp; Calls For More Fish Passage At Dams
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
A long-sought, and the first ever, "biological opinion" for federal multi-purpose dams in Oregon's Willamette River basin was released today, outlining actions NOAA Fisheries Service says will avoid jeopardy to imperiled fish stocks and spur their recovery. Read More...  

Humane Society Filing Launches Court Debate Over Columbia River Sea Lion Removal
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries, in effect, rewrote language in the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and ignored other language, in granting authority for the lethal removal of California sea lions that prey on salmon below the Columbia River's Bonneville Dam, according to a motion filed last week in U.S. District Court asking that the decision be rescinded. Read More...  

Snake River Sockeye Count At Lower Granite Over 400 Fish, Highest Since 1976
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
This year's surprising run-in-progress is already known to include more of the Columbia River Basin's most imperiled salmon stock – Snake River sockeye – than in any year since 1976. Read More...  

River Managers Reach Consensus On Montana Reservoir/Flow Aug Operations For Fish
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
Salmon and hydro managers reached a rare consensus this week at the "technical" level on Libby and Hungry Horse dam summertime operations that aim to better meet the needs of resident fish while still providing flow augmentation for migrating salmon far downstream in the Columbia River. Read More...  

Wind Output 'Ramping Event' Forced Columbia/Snake Hydro Managers To Increase Spill
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
Columbia/Snake river hydro controllers learned a not-so-hard lesson recently when an unanticipated boost in wind power into the transmission system forced increased spill, which boosts total dissolved gas that can be harmful to migrating juvenile salmon. Read More...  

10-Year Agreement Spells Out ESA 'Incidental Take' For Upper Columbia Fisheries
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
After two years of discussions with state and federal officials, residents in Washington's upper Columbia River region have netted a 10-year agreement that provides certainty to their fishing future, and potential reductions in impacts on protected salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Tribal Commercial Fisheries Approved For Summer Chinook, Sockeye, Steelhead
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
The Columbia River Compact on Thursday approved tribal commercial fisheries in mainstem reservoirs above Bonneville in each of the next two weeks targeting summer chinook and sockeye salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

USFWS Issues Final Rule Designating Kootenai White Sturgeon Critical Habitat
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published the final rule designating approximately 18.3 river miles of the Kootenai River as critical habitat for the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, a rare fish found in Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. Read More...  

Washington To Study Water Supply Alternatives For Yakima River Basin
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
The Washington Department of Ecology is preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement that will explore additional options for improving water supplies and fish habitat in the Yakima River Basin. Read More...  

University of Idaho's River Research Lab Contributes To Study of Fish Habitat Restoration
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2009 (PST)
When it comes to understanding rivers, the University of Idaho's Center for Ecohydraulics Research in Boise is the place to do it. Read More...  
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