With Covid-19 halting public meetings, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week instead conducted a livestream to explain and gather public input on the potential for “thermal angling sanctuaries” in select Oregon tributaries upstream of Bonneville Dam.
Willamette Valley landowners interested in permanently protecting their lands for fish and wildlife habitat conservation can apply by April 10 for funding through ODFW’s Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program.
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.
With a December 20 court order to develop Columbia and Snake River temperature limits, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load, it is still uncertain what the federal Environmental Protection Agency will do.
NOAA Fisheries this week released the final recovery plan for threatened Puget Sound steelhead, with an emphasis on addressing impassable culverts. The plan says recovery could take up to 100 years.
Oregon State University researchers will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study tiny plastics and their potential impacts on aquatic life.
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.
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.