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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Ocean Warming, Hatchery Fish Crowding In North Pacific Reducing British Columbia Sockeye Survival

May 29th, 2020

The northeast Pacific Ocean from the Fraser River to the Bering Sea is warming, but it is also becoming more crowded with hatchery pink and chum salmon produced in Alaska and Russia. The competition for food by hatchery pink salmon in a warming ocean has resulted in a 15 percent drop in survival of sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River and other streams in British Columbia, according to a study released this week.

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Columbia River Treaty Update: Ninth Round Of Talks Completed, Exchanges ‘More Focused, Comprehensive’

May 29th, 2020

On March 11 and 12, 2020, the week before COVID-19 international travel restrictions were put into place, Canadian and American negotiators reconvened in Washington, D.C. to continue discussions about a modernized Columbia River Treaty. This was the ninth round of talks since negotiations started in May 2018.

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COVID-19 Impacting Basin Fish And Wildlife Projects: ‘Too Early To Understand Full Ramifications’

May 14th, 2020

Since state shutdowns in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fish and wildlife programs and projects in the Columbia River basin have seen a range of impacts, from no impact to project delays to an early hatchery release of Kootenai white sturgeon and burbot, and even some project cancellations, according to staff at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

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Experimental Flow Increase On Crooked River Aimed At Benefitting Spring Chinook, Steelhead Smolts Migrating Into Lake Billy Chinook

May 1st, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation and ODFW, is releasing additional water from Bowman Dam on the Crooked River to study the effects of increased flows in aiding spring chinook salmon and steelhead smolts in their downstream migration to Lake Billy Chinook.

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