Most of those who commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Total Maximum Daily Load” document intended to set temperature limits in the Columbia and Snake Rivers to protect salmon and steelhead called for further changes to the TMDL.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee this week approved 44 Columbia River basin resident fish and sturgeon projects, with some projects exceeding by 10 percent the Bonneville Power Administration’s flat-lined 2021 fish and wildlife budget.
With an in-season forecast this week increasing the Columbia River fall chinook salmon run by 13 percent, Oregon and Washington are opening fall chinook angling Saturday, Sept. 19, one week earlier than preseason fishery plans.
Despite the unprecedented wildfires and evacuation of six ODFW-managed fish hatcheries, millions of fish at these facilities remain alive with hatchery staff returning as they are able to care for fish and even spawn spring chinook during a critical time in their life cycle.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Friday meeting adopted revised language for its Columbia River Basin Salmon Management Policy, changing the allocation of harvest between recreational anglers and commercial gillnetters under an “abundance-based approach.”
In the most recent draft of its annual report to Congress on the state of the Columbia River Basin, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said that fiscal year 2020, which ends Sept. 30, 2020, was significant.
The Seattle and Denver offices of the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday they are awarding $2,053,903 in grants to 14 organizations, universities, and government agencies to reduce and assess toxics affecting the Columbia River Basin watershed.
A La Nina climate pattern has developed in the United States and is likely to persist through the winter, according to an advisory issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Endangered steelhead in California might use its internal clock to decide when to migrate, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati.