Council Recommendations For 48 Fish/Wildlife Projects, $43 Million A Year, Out For Public Review

July 18th, 2019

Some 48 fish and wildlife projects that will cost $43.5 million each year – hatchery work, data management, research -- were reviewed and approved by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee at its meeting this week in Butte, Montana.

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New Columbia Basin Partnership Report Offers Regional Goals For Salmon/Steelhead Recovery

July 17th, 2019

Some five to 16 million salmon and steelhead had historically returned to the Columbia River basin, but just an average of two million fish return today and only 40 percent of those are naturally produced stocks. If goals in a new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force report can be met in the next 50 to 100 years, the number of naturally produced fish could increase by eight-fold.

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Idaho Workgroup Meets On Developing State Position On Salmon Recovery, More Meetings Set

July 11th, 2019

Idaho recently launched a collaborative effort aimed at guiding salmon-steelhead conservation policy, with the Republican Gov. Brad Little urging a diverse, appointed workgroup to consider practical goals rather than getting bogged down in complex and controversial measures such as breaching lower Snake River dams.

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Upper Columbia Tribes’ Phase I Report On Salmon Reintroduction/Fish Passage Above Chief Joseph/Grand Coulee Dams: Enough Upstream Habitat To Support Over 17,000 Spawning Chinook, Steelhead; Larger Numbers Of Sockeye

June 13th, 2019

There is plenty of habitat available for reintroduction of spawning and rearing anadromous salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams, according to a recently completed report by upper Columbia River tribes.

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Details On Proposed Detroit Dam Water Temperature Control Tower, Fish Passage Facility To Boost ESA-Listed Steelhead, Spring Chinook

May 30th, 2019

Responding to the reasonable and prudent alternative outlined in NOAA Fisheries’ 2008 biological opinion for federal Willamette Valley dams, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week proposed to build a selective withdrawal structure at Detroit Dam at a cost of about $100 to $200 million.The SWS would provide water temperature control downstream of Detroit and Big Cliff dams on the North Santiam River and it would provide downstream juvenile fish passage. The Corps would continue to transport adult chinook salmon and steelhead upstream of both dams where they can spawn naturally.

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