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Washington Governor, Senator Announce Joint State-Federal Effort To Assess Breaching Lower Snake Dams; Report Due Next Summer

October 22nd, 2021

In an effort to recover salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River basin, Washington Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced today a joint state and federal effort to determine the impacts and benefits of breaching the four lower Snake River dams.

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Parties Put Salmon/Steelhead BiOp Litigation On Hold, Commit To Working Together To Find ‘Comprehensive, Long-Term Solution’

October 22nd, 2021

Plaintiffs in the challenge to the Columbia/Snake River biological opinion for salmon and steelhead filed this week an unopposed stay in federal court that effectively puts the litigation on hold while all the parties search for comprehensive salmon recovery solutions.

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Washington Considers Water Quality Standards To Protect Salmonid Nests From Fine Sediment Effects, May Add Dissolved Oxygen Requirement

October 22nd, 2021

The Washington Department of Ecology is considering revisions to state water quality standards to ensure salmonid nests have enough oxygen to support incubating eggs and newly hatched young, including adding a dissolved oxygen requirement in gravel beds of rivers and streams.

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Federal Judge Says NOAA Violated ESA When Approving Alaska Salmon Fishery; No Certainty New Hatcheries Will Mitigate Harvest

October 21st, 2021

A lawsuit filed last year that challenged NOAA’s Fisheries’ authorization of the Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery was partly resolved earlier this month in a Seattle federal court when the judge found the federal agency in violation of the Endangered Species Act. A final judgement could be ready later this month.

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Warming River: EPA’s Columbia River Cold Water Refuge Plan Identifies Not Only Suitable Tributaries, But Ways To Protect, Restore

October 21st, 2021

A plan released in January for Columbia River cold water refuges that are intended to provide relief for migrating salmon and steelhead during warm periods in the Columbia River offers more than just a list of potential refuges from the river’s mouth to McNary Dam.

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USGS Study Indicates Early Fall Wildfires In West May Increasingly Disrupt Pacific Flyway Bird Migration

October 21st, 2021

Early fall wildfires in the western states and the smoke they generate pose a risk to birds migrating in the Pacific Flyway, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. GPS data from the 2020 wildfire season indicate that at least some migratory birds may take longer and use more energy to avoid wildfire smoke.

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