Council Requests Independent Science Panel Review Upper Columbia Tribes’ Report On Re-introducing Salmon/Steelhead Above Grand Coulee Dam

July 18th, 2019

Following up on a Phase 1 investigation of fish passage and reintroduction of salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams that was completed last month by the Upper Columbia United Tribes, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week approved a letter asking the Independent Scientific Advisory Board to review the report.

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First Reintroduced Salmon Returning To California Rivers; NOAA Fisheries Says Critical Step Toward Recovery

July 16th, 2019

California salmon reintroduced to their historic habitat as juveniles are, for the first time, returning to their home rivers to spawn. NOAA Fisheries says their journey home demonstrates that fish reintroductions can successfully return salmon to the state’s restored rivers and streams in an important step toward their recovery.

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Corps Releases Dworshak Water To Cool Lower Granite Tailwater For Salmon; Low Sockeye Run Downgraded By One-Third

July 11th, 2019

River temperatures in the tailrace of Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River rose above 67 degrees this week and the air temperature is predicted to rise above 90 degrees this weekend. That prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase releases of water from Dworshak Dam to keep Lower Granite tailwater temperature under 68 degrees, partially as an aid to the few adult sockeye salmon expected to return to the Snake River and Sawtooth Basin this year.

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Compact: Columbia River Sockeye Run Downgraded 39 Percent From Preseason Forecast, Only 58,000 Fish; Nearly 7 Million Shad Crossing Bonneville Dam; Treaty Fishing Gets Another Two Days

June 28th, 2019

Tribes will again fish in waters upstream of Bonneville Dam with next week -- the second two-day commercial gillnet period for Treaty Tribes during this year’s summer chinook period. The two-state Columbia River Compact signed off Thursday, June 27, on the additional days as they also heard that the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which met Monday, had downsized the anticipated run of sockeye salmon to 58,000 fish.

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Spring Season’s Last Sea Lion Predation Report: In May, Steller Numbers At Bonneville Dam Similar To Last Year, California Sea Lions Way Down

June 26th, 2019

The number of the larger steller sea lions searching for dinner in the Bonneville Dam tailrace was about the same for May this year as the numbers observed last year in May. However, the number of California sea lions has dropped this year.

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Deschutes River Spring Chinook Above Pelton-Round Butte Dams; Good Return Results For Juveniles From Reintroduced Fish

June 20th, 2019

Although the run of spring chinook into the Deschutes River is one of the lowest in years, as it has been throughout the Columbia River basin, the proportion of the Deschutes run that originated as reintroduced fish upstream of the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project near Madras, Oregon is one of the best in years, according to Portland General Electric.

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