A variety of changes at Columbia and Snake river dams to boost passage of Pacific lamprey is resulting in incremental improvements, according to a presentation this week at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting.
An independent science panel has suggested the creation of a regional task force to be the focal point for efforts to battle the spread of northern pike when the voracious predator “inevitably” spreads in the Columbia River downstream from Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.
After a 25-year stint as executive director of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Steve Crow retired this week and Bill Edmonds, just the third person to sit as director at the Council in nearly 40 years, will assume the position Monday, Aug. 17.
After nearly two-and-a-half years of work, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council adopted this week its final piece, Part I of the 2020 Addendum to its 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved a half million dollars for fiscal year 2021 in projects to maintain the region’s investments in hatcheries and screens.
A process that has been in the works for more than a year is approaching the last opportunities for public input before approval by the full Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its August meeting.
Even with missing information, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council last week approved putting the draft Part I of the 2020 “Fish and Wildlife Addendum” to the 2004 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program out for public comment. The addendum addresses program goals, objectives and measurements of progress.
Since state shutdowns in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fish and wildlife programs and projects in the Columbia River basin have seen a range of impacts, from no impact to project delays to an early hatchery release of Kootenai white sturgeon and burbot, and even some project cancellations, according to staff at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
A disagreement between the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on the amount of money available through a cost-savings fund is resulting in underfunding what the Council says are two important Columbia River basin fish and wildlife projects – ocean salmon survival research and northern pike suppression.