By Joseph E. Taylor III
Although most Northwesterners recognize that the salmon crisis is also a human crisis, you would never know it when they start arguing about solutions. They can’t seem to hold both in their mind at once.
Recreational anglers this year over-harvested upriver bright fall chinook, the stock of fish that can constrain recreational and commercial fishing times and locations throughout the Columbia River where it borders Oregon and Washington.
Each year the Northwest Power and Conservation Council delivers a report to Congress on its fiscal year activities and progress for both power and its fish and wildlife program.
Earlier this year, the Washington Legislature passed Second Substitute House Bill 1579, which directed the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to “adopt rules to liberalize bag limits for bass, walleye, and channel catfish in all anadromous waters of the state in order to reduce the predation risk to salmon smolts.”
July turned out to be the warmest month on record for the planet, and Washington continues to be a hot spot for drought in the contiguous United States, but the state has gotten some recent relief with cooler and wetter weather.
A panel of scientists completed their review of 48 Columbia River basin programs and research projects, some of which had not been reviewed since 2010, finding 27 of those projects meet the scientists’ criteria.
Osoyoos Lake, which straddles Washington state and British Columbia, is set to rise a month earlier than normal and the Washington Department of Ecology wants residents to be aware.
Off the coast of Washington, columns of bubbles rise from the seafloor, as if evidence of a sleeping dragon lying below. But these bubbles are methane that is squeezed out of sediment and rises up through the water. The locations where they emerge provide important clues to what will happen during a major offshore earthquake.
A February wave of cold and snow, breaking records in some places, gave the water supply outlook a striking boost through much of the Columbia Basin, but all places were not equal.