Lamprey Fish Passage Efficiency At Each Columbia/Snake Dam Very Low: Nearly Half Lost (Not Counted) At Each Dam From Bonneville Dam To McNary

August 14th, 2020

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.

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Science Panel Suggests Task Force As Focal Point For Battling ‘Inevitable’ Spread Of Northern Pike In Columbia River Basin

August 13th, 2020

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.

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Changing Of The Guard At Northwest Power/Conservation Council; Long-Time Executive Director Crow Retires, Edmonds Take The Reins

August 13th, 2020

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.

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NW Power/Conservation Council ‘Addendum’ To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Out For Comment; Goals, Objectives Aim For Five Million Returning Salmon/Steelhead By 2025

May 21st, 2020

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.

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COVID-19 Impacting Basin Fish And Wildlife Projects: ‘Too Early To Understand Full Ramifications’

May 14th, 2020

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.

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How To Spend ‘Cost-Savings’ On Basin Fish/Wildlife Projects? BPA, Council Not On Same Page; Pike Suppression Not Yet Fully Funded

March 19th, 2020

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.

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