Comments On Proposed Additions To Basin Fish/Wildlife Program Hit Wide Range Of Topics: BPA Stresses Cost Control

November 21st, 2019

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.

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As NW Power/Conservation Council Prepares 2020 Basin FW Program, Agencies/Tribes Want More Discussion On Goals, Objectives

November 14th, 2019

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.

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Science Panel Completes Review Of Report On Feasibility Of Reintroducing Anadromous Salmonids Above Grand Coulee Dam

November 7th, 2019

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.

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BPA Proposing Programmatic Environmental Review For All Columbia River Tributary Fish/Wildlife Habitat Restoration Projects

November 7th, 2019

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.

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NW Power/Conservation Council Power Supply Report Warns Loss Of Load Probability Rises In Next Five Years; Coal Plants Retiring

October 31st, 2019

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.

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Washington State Climatologist Talks Marine Heat Waves, Water Resources, Climate Change; 2014-15 A Dress Rehearsal For Future

October 17th, 2019

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.

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Science Panel Reviews Master Plan For Hood River Production Program, Proposes Boost In Spring Chinook Smolts

October 3rd, 2019

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.

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One Shared Columbia River Basin Habitat Research, Monitoring, Evaluation Strategy: Fish/Wildlife Managers Reviewing Draft

September 24th, 2019

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.

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