Columbia Basin Collaborative Says Not The Right Time To Consider Dam Breaching, Reintroducing Salmon To Blocked Areas; Wait For Other Forums

December 2nd, 2021

The four Northwest state representatives leading the Columbia Basin Collaborative told a new group it recently formed that it should not consider breaching lower Snake River dams as a way to recover salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin, nor should it consider reintroducing fish into areas blocked by dams until other forums already looking at those topics complete their work next year.

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White House Nominates Montanan For Director Of U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

October 28th, 2021

The White House this week announced the intent to nominate Martha Williams as Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Williams has been serving as Principal Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service since January 20, 2021, exercising the delegable authority of the Director. The nomination will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.

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Guest Column: Gorton Amendment To NW Power Act Moved Goal Posts, Created New Ones Slowing Tribal Programs To Restore Wild Salmon Runs

January 8th, 2021

Approval of the Yakama Nation Hatchery Master Plan by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on December 6th was a long-awaited step towards restoring wild salmon runs above Bonneville Dam. . . 38 years to be exact. Why did it take so long?

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Washington State Approves New Rules For Commercial Viewing Of Killer Whales; Less Time Up Close

December 30th, 2020

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife last week announced new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales to reduce the impacts of vessel noise and disturbance on the whales' ability to forage, rest, and socialize while, the agency says, enabling sustainable whale watching.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Will Governors’ Pledge To Seek ‘Collaborative Framework’ Change Trajectory Of Columbia Basin Salmon Recovery?

November 25th, 2020

There is a lot of talk now about finding a new way to coordinate and improve Columbia Basin salmon recovery. A diverse group of river users, utilities and environmentalists is calling on Northwest governors to lead the way in finding collaborative solutions to recover Columbia/Snake River Basin salmon and steelhead populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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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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