Year Starts With Forecasted Above Average Basin Water Supply, 102 Percent At Dalles Dam; December Boosted Watersheds’ Snowpack Bigtime

January 13th, 2022

Above average rain and snow across the Columbia River basin in December and a forecast for colder than normal temperatures and higher than normal precipitation over the next few months is offering some hope of blunting the long-standing drought in the Northwest.

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Task Force Considers Sea Lion Removal At Bonneville Dam A Success; In 15 Years 214 Euthanized, 56,000 Salmon/Steelhead Avoid Predation

January 13th, 2022

NOAA Fisheries and its Pinniped Task Force closed a chapter of its program to lethally remove California sea lions from Bonneville Dam. Determining that the removal of the sea lions saved nearly 56,000 adult salmon and steelhead, the Task Force called the 15-year effort a success.

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Call Before You Haul: PSMFC Initiates New Program For Boat Transporters To Prevent Spread Of Invasive Species

January 13th, 2022

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission has initiated a new program to prevent delays during the transport of watercraft destined for the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The program, “Call Before You Haul,” provides a toll-free phone number boat transporters can call prior to transporting watercraft from outside the Pacific Northwest to one of the states. The program is currently being piloted in 10 states and is intended to be expanded to all states in 2022.