Spill For Juvenile Fish Migration At Lower Snake Dams Holding Back Adult Spawners Headed For Idaho; River Managers Discuss Possible Operations Change

June 5th, 2020

A proposal aimed at reducing travel time and passing more adult spring chinook salmon on the lower Snake River at Little Goose Dam was “elevated” to a higher task force for a decision this week at the interagency Technical Management Team meeting Wednesday, June 3.

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Marine Survival Cited As Main Factor For This Year’s Historically Low Spring Chinook Return; ‘Workhorse Hatcheries’ Struggling

June 4th, 2020

An already low in-season forecast for spring chinook salmon was revised this week to 71,600 fish at the Columbia River mouth and only about 70,000 at Bonneville Dam, according to the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which forecasts runs of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River.

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ODFW Recommending Fish Passage At Crooked River’s Bowman Dam (Central Oregon) To Open Up Habitat For Steelhead, Salmon, Redband Trout

June 4th, 2020

The operators of a dam on the Crooked River in Central Oregon that was identified as a Fish Passage High Priority Barrier by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2019 is proposing to add about 3 megawatts of generating capacity to the dam, while offering mitigation in the river downstream of the dam.

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EPA Issues New Rule Limiting States’ Ability To Review Energy Infrastructure Projects Under Clean Water Act; Washington State Calls It ‘A Mockery’

June 4th, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week announced a new rule that Washington Department of Ecology says “would significantly restrict the role for states in protecting water quality within their borders by making major changes to Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act.”

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