NOAA Fisheries has announced 5-year reviews of 17 Pacific Salmon species and 11 steelhead populations listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s Orca Task Force, which last year submitted 36 recommendations that, if all were enacted, would cost more than $1 billion and could bring back Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound, is entering its second year and has now added 12 more recommendations.
A federal court has ordered Oregon and federal pollution regulators to replace the existing water quality plans in many of Oregon’s river basins. The court also set schedules for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to complete the new plans.
Spawning ground surveys continue to find more spring chinook upstream of the old Condit Dam site on the White Salmon River than tule and bright fall chinook.
Unable to fill the Cle Elum reservoir this spring, the Bureau of Reclamation did not release the juvenile sockeye salmon waiting in the reservoir to begin their long migration downstream through the Cle Elum River, the Yakima River, the Columbia River and finally out to sea.
A draft habitat conservation plan designed to aid several species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, while also providing crucial water to Central Oregon farmers, will be posted in the Federal Register for review, Friday, Oct. 4, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The posting will open a 45-day public comment period for the draft HCP.
A Hood River Hatchery proposal to boost its production of yearling spring chinook smolts from 150,000 to 250,000 is the subject of a recent review by a panel of scientists. However, no changes were proposed to the winter steelhead program.
Three conservation organizations this week petitioned NOAA Fisheries to list spring chinook salmon along much of the Oregon Coast south of the Columbia River as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
A draft research, monitoring and evaluation strategy coordinated among two federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council is out for review among Northwest fish and wildlife managers and fisheries project sponsors.