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NW Fishletter
NWF.358/June 6, 2016
Judge Decides 2014 BiOp: Snake River Dam Breaching Not Ruled Out
The 2014 Biological Opinion was wrong when it claimed that operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System were in compliance with the Endangered Species Act, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon ruled May 4. ...more
Sockeye Begin Return As Above Normal Water Temps Persist
Fish managers are closely monitoring higher-than-average water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake river systems as adult sockeye start their upstream journey to spawning areas. ...more
BiOp Judge Gives Feds Another 2 Weeks To File EIS Schedule
What a new Environmental Impact Statement is going to entail until won't be known until July. NOAA Fisheries and other defendants have an additional two weeks, until June 3, to file a schedule for implementing the EIS, and plaintiff groups have another two weeks after that to respond. The EIS is a requirement of the May 4 federal court ruling hammering the 2014 BiOp over impacts on endangered salmon and steelhead. ...more
Delisting of Snake River Fall Chinook Rejected
NOAA Fisheries denied a petition from an Alaska commercial-fishing group to delist Snake River fall Chinook on May 26. It was the first formal effort to remove one of the 13 species of Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead from protection under the ESA. ...more
FY 2015 Fish And Wildlife Program Costs Reported Two Ways
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's draft report of BPA fish and wildlife program costs, unveiled May 12, offers two perspectives on fish and wildlife spending relative to other BPA costs--with and without forgone revenue. ...more
Deschutes River Alliance Plans To Sue PGE Over Water Quality
A conservation-and-fishing group is preparing to sue Portland General Electric over what it says are more than 1,200 instances of water-quality violations on the Deschutes River under the Clean Water Act. ...more
Killing Cormorants Not Improving Steelhead Survival Rates
A recent study by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientist says double-crested cormorants are not a significant factor in the low survival rates of returning Snake River steelhead, contradicting NOAA Fisheries' position that the reduction in bird predation by lethal removal benefits salmon and steelhead survival. ...more
NOAA Forecasts Warm, Dry Summer For West, Northwest
The West Coast looks to be in for a summer with above-normal temperatures--along with most of the rest of the country, according to a release from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center in late May. ...more
Fish On The Move, Facilitating Juvenile Fish Passage 2016
May 21 was World Fish Migration Day, and spring operations for juvenile fish passage were in full swing across the Columbia River Basin. ...more
2016 Columbia River Spring Chinook Run Close To 10-Year Average
Spring Chinook started returning in late March, slowly at first but are now on target to almost reach the preseason prediction of 188,800 adult fish at Bonneville Dam. ...more
Degassing Equipment Tested At Clearwater River Hatcheries
Degassing equipment at Clearwater River hatchery facilities worked well when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tested it April 28 and 29. ...more

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