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.
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.