A British Columbia Province Report on recent Columbia River Treaty community meetings notes “there was a lack of consultation with Basin residents and Indigenous Nations when the Treaty was first negotiated, and feelings of hurt and anger remain to this day.”
Although the 50-mile long Hanford Reach has long been considered the last free-flowing stretch on the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam, it’s actually tucked into a large and very complex system of hydroelectric dams.
Public comment that closed June 22 for the most part favored providing anadromous fish passage at Bowman Dam on the Crooked River in Central Oregon. But if passage is not possible due to the costs, then other comments asked for far more habitat mitigation in the river downstream than was proposed the dam’s operator Ochoco Irrigation District.
A biological opinion of a US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service’s management program to lethally remove beavers in Oregon and the program’s impacts on fish species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act was completed June 8 by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
A new federal rule went effect Monday (June 22) that has “serious and potentially damaging implications for ensuring clean, safe and healthy water in Oregon and elsewhere,” said the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in a statement this week.
The Columbia River is warming and salmon and steelhead are taking advantage of cold water refuges in their migration, an adaptation to climate change, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations filed a lawsuit this week challenging what they say is the Trump administration’s “latest effort to dismantle laws that protect Washington State’s clean water and public health.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is delisting the southeast Oregon’s Borax Lake chub from the Endangered Species Act, saying the threats to Borax Lake and the fish have been eliminated or greatly reduced, and the fish no longer meets the ESA definition of an endangered or threatened species.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding off on a proposal to allow more fishing from a boat or other floating device on the Sandy River starting in 2021 in order to reduce interactions between hatchery and wild fish.