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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Council Reduces Science Review Panel’s (ISAB) Budget, Says No Impact To Work: Cost Savings Might Go To Pike Suppression

September 19th, 2019

The annual budget for a panel of scientists that review fish and wildlife projects and regional research issues was cut by almost $200,000 by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its meeting in Corvallis, Sept. 18, and the cost savings could be used for Northern pike monitoring and suppression, according to Council staff.

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Council Seeks Comments On Proposed Additions To Columbia River Basin Fish And Wildlife Program

July 22nd, 2019

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.”

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