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.
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.
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.
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.