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May 16th, 2019

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New Columbia Basin Partnership Report Offers Regional Goals For Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

July 17th, 2019

Some five to 16 million salmon and steelhead had historically returned to the Columbia River basin, but just an average of two million fish return today and only 40 percent of those are naturally produced stocks. If goals in a new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force report can be met in the next 50 to 100 years, the number of naturally produced fish could increase by eight-fold.

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First Reintroduced Salmon Returning To California Rivers; NOAA Fisheries Says Critical Step Toward Recovery

July 16th, 2019

California salmon reintroduced to their historic habitat as juveniles are, for the first time, returning to their home rivers to spawn. NOAA Fisheries says their journey home demonstrates that fish reintroductions can successfully return salmon to the state’s restored rivers and streams in an important step toward their recovery.

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Bill Introduced In House With Dedicated $1.4 Billion To Prevent Fish/Wildlife From Becoming Endangered; $97 Million For Tribes

July 16th, 2019

U.S. House Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) have reintroduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act that would dedicate roughly $1.4 billion to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. The money would fund voluntary efforts led by the states, territories and tribal nations to prevent vulnerable wildlife from becoming endangered.

Managing Drought: Oregon Study Says Water Conservation Often Does Not Occur In Right Places At Right Times

July 15th, 2019

In Oregon’s fertile Willamette River Basin, where two-thirds of the state’s population lives, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages, according to a new study.

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