The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has started a process to revise state hydraulic rules related to construction projects in state waters, with the goal of streamlining the environmental permitting process for salmon recovery projects and other fish habitat restoration.
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.
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.
Mechanical thinning alone can calm the intensity of future wildfires for many years, and prescribed burns lengthen thinning’s effectiveness, according to Oregon State University research involving a seasonally dry ponderosa pine forest in northeastern Oregon.
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.
Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland has signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai-Montana Compact, formally executing the Montana Water Rights Protection Act enacted by Congress late last year.
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.
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.
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.