Climate change, reintroducing salmon and steelhead to areas blocked by dams, dam breaching and predators topped the list of issues in comments received by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee in response to a draft Addendum to its Columbia River Basin 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program.
Part of a process that was to be decided by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee this January will instead take a step back, adding as many as six months to determine the most appropriate goals, objectives and indicators to be included in the Council’s draft 2020 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Addendum.
A panel of scientists completed a review of the Upper Columbia United Tribes’ phase 1 report that describes the feasibility of reintroducing salmon and steelhead into the reaches of the Columbia River upstream of Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams.
The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing a “programmatic environmental review” for all Columbia River tributary fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects the agency funds through the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program.
The regional power supply will become inadequate to provide the region’s full demand for electricity by 2021 and that inadequacy will only rise into 2024 if regional utilities don’t acquire additional power sources, a report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council warns.
The newest marine heat wave off the West Coast that emerged this summer and resembles what became known as “the Blob” of 2014 and 2015 is not as warm and it already is diminishing in strength, according to Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist.
A nine-month review of 47 resident fish and sturgeon projects under the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program will begin in early November.
A Hood River Hatchery proposal to boost its production of yearling spring chinook smolts from 150,000 to 250,000 is the subject of a recent review by a panel of scientists. However, no changes were proposed to the winter steelhead program.
A draft research, monitoring and evaluation strategy coordinated among two federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council is out for review among Northwest fish and wildlife managers and fisheries project sponsors.