The Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee this week approved 44 Columbia River basin resident fish and sturgeon projects, with some projects exceeding by 10 percent the Bonneville Power Administration’s flat-lined 2021 fish and wildlife budget.
In the most recent draft of its annual report to Congress on the state of the Columbia River Basin, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said that fiscal year 2020, which ends Sept. 30, 2020, was significant.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supporting a proposal allowing an expansion of lethal control of double-crested cormorants that consume juvenile Columbia River salmon and steelhead.
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.
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.
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.
After nearly two-and-a-half years of work, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council adopted this week its final piece, Part I of the 2020 Addendum to its 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved a half million dollars for fiscal year 2021 in projects to maintain the region’s investments in hatcheries and screens.
A process that has been in the works for more than a year is approaching the last opportunities for public input before approval by the full Northwest Power and Conservation Council at its August meeting.