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Corps Begins Willamette Basin NEPA/EIS Process To Determine Dams’ Impacts On Wild Steelhead, Chinook

April 6th, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a National Environmental Policy Act process this week that looks at the operation and maintenance of the agency’s Willamette River projects and their impact on threatened upper Willamette River wild winter steelhead and wild spring chinook.

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Court Hears Arguments For Immediate Changes At Willamette Dams To Aid ESA-Listed Salmonids

April 6th, 2019

In a two-step challenge to operations at Willamette River basin dams, attorneys for a coalition of conservation groups argued in court Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should immediately take steps to improve conditions for migrating juveniles and spawning adult salmon and steelhead, even while the Corps works with NOAA Fisheries on a new biological opinion.

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Snake River Runoff Allows River Managers To Maintain Flows For Salmon Redds Below Bonneville Dam

March 26th, 2019

After a colder than average February and with snow piling up at low elevations in the Snake River basin, a sunny and warm early March is resulting in runoff from the basin that is sufficiently supplementing flows lower in the Columbia River that will keep water over several hundred chum redds (nests) downstream of Bonneville Dam.

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Proposed Amendments To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Stress Reintroducing Salmon Above Blocked Areas

March 15th, 2019

Providing access to areas upstream of dams in the Columbia River basin that when built blocked passage for anadromous fish is a priority in many of the amendment proposals to its basin Fish and Wildlife Program received by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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Report On 2018 BPA Fish/Wildlife Costs Released For Comment; $16.8 Billion Since 1981

March 15th, 2019

The Bonneville Power Administration spent nearly $260 million in direct costs for its Fish and Wildlife Program in fiscal year 2018, according to a draft report approved for public comment by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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New BPA VP Of Environment, Fish And Wildlife Addresses Council On Fish And Wildlife Issues

March 15th, 2019

The Bonneville Power Administration has spent billions of dollars on Columbia River basin fish and wildlife mitigation and it continues to spend nearly $300 million each year in direct expenses for the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program.

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