A letter in support of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ rapid response plan for invasive mussels got a thumbs up from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week approved for Bonneville Power Administration funding some 48 fish and wildlife projects, costing more than $43 million.
NOAA Fisheries, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council are collaborating to create one shared Columbia River basin habitat research, monitoring and evaluation strategy.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s proposed changes to the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program include implementing “a broad suite of actions to mitigate for the complete loss of anadromous fish and the losses to other fish and wildlife species in the Lake Roosevelt and Spokane River areas above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.”
Following up on a Phase 1 investigation of fish passage and reintroduction of salmon and steelhead upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams that was completed last month by the Upper Columbia United Tribes, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week approved a letter asking the Independent Scientific Advisory Board to review the report.
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.
After two years of significant budget cuts to its fish and wildlife program, a key Bonneville Power Administration executive is anticipating holding steady on its fish and wildlife spending in fiscal year 2020.
Although the abundance of adult white sturgeon in the lower Columbia River is above conservation status as set by a joint Washington/Oregon sturgeon management and conservation plan, the fish have yet to reach desired status abundance levels, a higher number also set by the plan.
The Bonneville Power Administration’s Crystal Ball spoke to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting this week in Portland. It was her first appearance at the Council since she assumed the position as the agency’s Executive Manager for its Fish and Wildlife Division. She replaces Bryan Mercier, who left BPA last year.