Climate Change

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Margin Of Error -With A Warming Columbia River Basin No Time Left To Dawdle Over Recovering ESA-Listed, Naturally-Producing Salmon, Steelhead

June 17th, 2021

Smolt-To-Adult returns. SARs. The BENCHMARK of Columbia/Snake River basin salmon and steelhead recovery. And in recent years the SARs benchmark – tagged, tracked fish-- is screaming bad news for Snake River salmon and steelhead. Bringing these fish back from the brink as the regional climate warms requires urgency.

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Columbia River Salmon Fishing Transitioning From Spring To Summer Chinook; Idaho Sees Improved Wild Steelhead Numbers In Some Waters

June 11th, 2021

Spring chinook salmon fishing is nearly over and summer chinook fishing begins next week. Although it may be difficult to see much of a difference between a spring and a summer chinook at Bonneville Dam, June 16 is the transition date on which all chinook that pass the dam become summer chinook.

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A Million Chum Salmon Once Returned To Columbia River, Now Down To 20,000; WDFW Recovery Plan Aims To ‘Jump Start’ Population Rebuilding

June 10th, 2021

Chum salmon, now listed as threatened, once returned to the Columbia River in huge numbers, with half a million to a million fish every year spawning in tributaries from near the river’s mouth and as far up the river as Celilo Falls, which was inundated when The Dalles Dam was built just downstream.

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Post Dam Removal: Though Spring Chinook Spawning Above Old Condit Dam Site, Fall Chinook Still Prefer Lower River Miles

June 3rd, 2021

Tule and bright fall chinook salmon in 2020 spawned in large numbers downstream of the site where PacifiCorp’s Condit Dam stood on the White Salmon River. But after nearly 10 years since the dam was breached, none spawned upstream of the old dam site, according to the preliminary findings in a recent report by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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With Updated, Higher Spring Chinook Run Size Forecast, 18 More Fishing Days In Lower River; Skamania Steelhead Return Lowest On Record

May 20th, 2021

Even with a Skamania hatchery steelhead return at its lowest since Bonneville Dam was built and Cowlitz River hatchery spring chinook salmon unlikely to meet broodstock needs, the two state Columbia River Compact this week extended retention of hatchery spring chinook from Tongue Point in Astoria to the Oregon and Washington border.

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