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NW Fishletter
NWF.355/March 7, 2016
Snake River Fall Chinook Redd Count Up
Naturally spawning fall Chinook made a record 9,345 redds, or gravel nests, last year in the Snake River basin between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams, according to counts made by the Nez Perce Tribe. ...more
BPA Fish And Wildlife Future Holds Promise And Uncertainty
BPA's responsibilities for the environment, fish and wildlife were discussed Feb. 11 at the Focus 2028 session in Portland. The agency's VP of environment, fish and wildlife Lori Bodi said, "What's going to be different and what's going to stay the same, we really don't know. We have changing legal drivers, including multiple layers of litigation, legislation and regulation with multiple species determining the challenge." ...more
Judge Dismisses Suit Against Snake River Dredging
U.S. District Judge James Robart ruled Feb. 9 against attempts by Idaho Rivers United, other environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe to prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from dredging the lower Snake River. ...more
Citizen Groups Urge Modernized Columbia River Treaty With Ecosystem Function
More than 50 citizen groups from the United States and Canada have urged officials to modernize the Columbia River Treaty by including ecosystem function in the treaty's purposes. ...more
Overall Water Supply Conditions Look Good, So Far
The region's snowpack is much better than it was last year at this time, according to the Northwest River Forecast Center's monthly briefing March 3. The exceptions are northwestern Montana and southeastern Idaho, where snowpack is less than it was in 2015. ...more
Core Klamath Parties Set To Rescue Dam Removal Deal
PacifiCorp, the federal government, Oregon and California said Feb. 2 they will try to revive the dam-removal portion of the Klamath Basin agreements. Calling themselves the "principal parties" to the agreement, they gave themselves until the end of February to come up with an amendment to the six-year-old Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. ...more
Stakeholders Meet For First Time On Reconciling Disparate Fish-Restoration Goals
Stakeholders met for the first time Feb. 17 to participate in reconciling disparate salmon and steelhead restoration goals currently used by federal, tribal and state governments charged with fish recovery and management. ...more
Coalition Sues To Get Recovery Plan For Puget Steelhead
The Wild Fish Conservancy filed a lawsuit Feb. 16 against NOAA Fisheries alleging "failure to complete and implement a recovery plan for Threatened Puget Sound steelhead as required by section 4(f) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)," the group said in a news release. ...more
Pacific Lamprey Long In Decline, But ESA Listing Avoidable
Regional fish managers and dam operators are rooting for the underdog Pacific lamprey, hoping these anadromous fishes make a comeback, thus avoiding a listing under the Endangered Species Act. ...more
Scientists Report On Critical Uncertainties Research
Two scientific review groups released a joint report Feb. 1 updating critical uncertainties associated with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program and its current research plan, which dates from 2006. ...more
Washington Legislature Entertains Support For Salmon Above Grand Coulee
A proposed joint memorial of the Washington Legislature urges the federal government to pursue reintroducing salmon and steelhead above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams. The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources held its first hearing Feb. 2 on HJM 4014. ...more
Moving Salmon Via A Whooshh Pressurized Tube
The developers of a tube system that uses differential pressure to transport fish say they are "on the cusp of commercial success." Whooshh Innovations of Bellevue, Wash., has been testing the system--dubbed the Salmon Cannon--with live fish for the past five years. ...more
Council Approves Funding For Two Fish Projects, At Lower Levels
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has said "yes" to additional funding for northern pike suppression and research on the ocean survival of juvenile salmon, but at lower levels than requested. ...more

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