Corps Modifies Operations At Willamette Valley Dam To Improve Juvenile Salmon Passage As Court Case Continues On ‘Remedies’ For Wild Salmon/Steelhead

November 12th, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is modifying operations at the Willamette Valley’s Detroit Dam to improve juvenile salmon downstream passage survival by releasing water exclusively through the upper regulating outlets when downstream passage rates are high.

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Agencies Issue Record Of Decision On Plan To Operate 14 Columbia/Snake Dams Without Jeopardizing Salmon,Steelhead; Critics Say More Status Quo

October 1st, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration signed a joint Record of Decision on Monday that commits the agencies to implementing immediate and long-term actions identified in July in a final environmental impact statement for operations of 14 Columbia/Snake River mainstem dams. The Columbia River Systems Operations EIS also includes a new biological opinion for 13 species of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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Federal Judge Rules Corps Not Moving Fast Enough To Halt Continued Decline Of ESA-Listed Upper Willamette River Wild Spring Chinook/Steelhead; “Significant Measures Never Carried Out’

August 19th, 2020

A U.S. District Court ruling this week charged a federal agency with not moving fast enough to ensure survival and recovery of Upper Willamette River wild spring chinook and wild winter steelhead, two species listed as threatened in 1999 under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Flathead Forest Plan, Say Drops Protections For Bull Trout, Grizzlies, Lynx, Wolverines

August 13th, 2020

Four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Missoula last week to require the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore what they say are proven safeguards for the protection and recovery of imperiled grizzly bears, Canada lynx, wolverine, and Columbia Basin bull trout on the Flathead National Forest in northwest Montana.

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NMFS BiOp Says Lethally Removing Beavers In Oregon Does Not Jeopardize ESA-Listed Salmon/Steelhead; ODFW Commission Mulls Beaver Work Group

June 25th, 2020

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.

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