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With the snowpack melt-out well underway, water supply forecasts have held up throughout much of the Columbia Basin, but drought conditions persist in Western Washington and parts of Oregon, to a lesser degree.
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Oregon and Washington fishery managers are holding three public meetings to take comments on changes to white sturgeon angling regulations in areas upstream of Bonneville Dam, including extending the timing and area for sturgeon spawning sanctuaries.
A new study finds that the low-cost, extreme draining of a reservoir in Oregon aided downstream migration of juvenile chinook salmon – and led to the gradual disappearance of two species of predatory invasive fish in the artificial lake.
Although a draft environmental impact statement for the Federal Columbia River Power System’s impacts on salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act won’t be complete until February, federal agencies are making public five alternatives, including a no-action or status quo alternative and an alternative that includes breaching lower Snake River dams.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill today that provides $750,000 to study how the breaching of the four Lower Snake River dams would impact communities.
Hassan Latif, Egyptologist and a former curator at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, and Aaron Wolf, a geography professor at Oregon State University, will discuss how the movement and availability of water change cultures and influence politics at the June 3 Science Pub Corvallis.