FERC Denies Emergency Stay Requested By PacifiCorp/Cowlitz PUD Over Lewis River Fish Passage Required By NOAA/USFWS

September 30th, 2021

After federal agencies ruled in July that PacifiCorp and Cowlitz County Public Utility District must provide fish passage at their Lewis River dams in Washington, the utilities turned to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for an emergency stay on that ruling, which FERC denied late last week.

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Report Synthesizes Historical, Current Research On BC’s Skeena River Estuary, Trajectory Under Climate Change; Critical Nursery Habitat For Salmon

September 30th, 2021

A new report on the value and vulnerability of juvenile salmon habitat in northern British Columbia’s Skeena River reveals how climate change and development are critically impacting the region—and provides a historical assessment to help inform the region’s future planning. Collaborators from the Lax Kw’alaams Fisheries Program, the Skeena Fisheries Commission and Simon Fraser University say proactive stewardship will be key.

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USFWS Says American Bumble Bee, Found Across Most Of U.S., May Warrant ESA Listing; Climate Change, Pesticides, Habitat Loss

September 30th, 2021

Responding to a petition to list the American bumble bee as an endangered species, the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued this week a 90-day finding indicating that the bumble bee may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Yakama Nation’s Translocation Of Pacific Lamprey From Bonneville Dam, Along With Hatchery Outplantings, Showing Results In Yakima River Basin

September 16th, 2021

The abundance in the Columbia River basin of a fish species rich in nutrients that provides a source of food for numerous riverine birds and animals, as well as Native Americans, has been in decline over the past 20 years, according to a presentation this week at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee meeting.

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EPA Proposes Adding Bradford Island At Bonneville Dam To Superfund List; PCBs, Heavy Metals, Contaminants

September 16th, 2021

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add the Columbia River’s Bradford Island to its Superfund list -- the country’s highest priority contaminated sites requiring cleanup. Bradford Island is part of the Bonneville Dam complex operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Oregon Denies Hood River Irrigation District Water Quality Permit Renewal For Operations, Cites Temperature Impacts On ESA-Listed Bull Trout

September 16th, 2021

A 100-year-old irrigation district on the Middle Fork of the Hood River in northern Oregon was denied a water quality permit due to doubts the district could meet water quality standards for temperature that would have an impact on threatened bull trout in the river.

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