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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Will Governors’ Pledge To Seek ‘Collaborative Framework’ Change Trajectory Of Columbia Basin Salmon Recovery?

November 25th, 2020

There is a lot of talk now about finding a new way to coordinate and improve Columbia Basin salmon recovery. A diverse group of river users, utilities and environmentalists is calling on Northwest governors to lead the way in finding collaborative solutions to recover Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Yakama Nation Plan For Boosting Salmon Numbers, Juvenile Survival Moves A Step Forward; Would Increase Fall/Summer Chinook Hatchery Releases By 1.1 Million

November 20th, 2020

Only about 25 percent of salmon and steelhead smolts produced in the Yakima River basin make it to McNary Dam on the Columbia River. Spring chinook do better than that, but poor survival of juvenile fall and summer chinook drag that number down.

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Interior Issues Report Detailing Actions ‘Safeguarding The West’ From Invasive Mussels With Focus On Columbia River Basin

November 20th, 2020

The U.S. Interior Department last week released a report on the “Safeguarding the West from Invasive Species initiative,” an effort aimed at enhancing actions by federal, state and tribal governments to prevent the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels to uninfested Western waters, such as those in the Columbia River Basin.

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States, Tribes, PacifiCorp Sign MOA To Resolve FERC Concerns, Keep Klamath Dams’ Removal Alive (Largest Dam Removal In US History)

November 20th, 2020

The states of Oregon and California, the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement this week that describes how the parties will implement the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement as negotiated and signed in 2016. The KHSA sets the terms for the removal of four Klamath River dams.

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