Montana Inspectors This Year Inspecting Far More Boats For Invasive Species, And Finding More Contaminated; One With Red Rim Melania Snails (Africa, Asia)

June 11th, 2020

Montana watercraft inspection stations have intercepted 13 boats carrying invasive mollusks into the state this year. As of May 30, inspectors have caught 12 boats with invasive zebra or quagga mussels and one boat with red rim melania snails attached to watercraft.

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Senators Urge Trump Administration To Pause Federal Rulemakings During COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency, Extend Comment Periods

April 23rd, 2020

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined 20 colleagues in the Senate Democratic caucus in sending a letter to Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought calling on OMB to indefinitely extend existing public comment periods and hearings until the public can safely gather after the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic have passed.

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Parties React: Draft EIS Says Breaching Lower Snake Dams Highest Benefit For Fish, But High Adverse Impacts To Other Resources

March 5th, 2020

Breaching all four lower Snake River dams – Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams – would result in the highest benefits for Snake River salmon and steelhead listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, according to an assessment by federal dam operating agencies released last week.

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Joint-State Committee Reviewing Columbia River Fishery Policies (Harvest) Now Aim For Policy Recommendations In Spring 2020

November 14th, 2019

The Joint-State Columbia River Policy Review Committee, made up of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions, announced this week that it would postpone a planned Nov. 18 public meeting in Ridgefield, with the intent to schedule additional meetings beginning in early 2020.

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