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EPA Releases Temperature Limit Study (TMDL) For Columbia/Snake River; Linked To State Water Quality Permits For Mainstem Dams

May 21st, 2020

After a 20-year wait and a lawsuit that was finally decided in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a study to determine temperature limits in the Columbia and Snake rivers for the protection of salmon and steelhead was released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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NW Power/Conservation Council ‘Addendum’ To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Out For Comment; Goals, Objectives Aim For Five Million Returning Salmon/Steelhead By 2025

May 21st, 2020

Even with missing information, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council last week approved putting the draft Part I of the 2020 “Fish and Wildlife Addendum” to the 2004 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program out for public comment. The addendum addresses program goals, objectives and measurements of progress.

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Can California’s Endangered Salmon Survive Continued Drought? Pools Serving As Drought Refuges Crucial

May 21st, 2020

Increased frequency and severity of droughts threatens California’s endangered salmon population–but pools that serve as drought refuges could make the difference between life and death for these vulnerable fish, according to a study by researchers from UC Berkeley and California Sea Grant, a partnership between NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.