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NW Fishletter
NWF.370/June 5, 2017
Dworshak's Unit 3 Unlikely to Provide Cool Water Flows This Summer
The overhaul of Dworshak Dam's Unit 3 has been delayed again, pushing the return-to-service date past the summer flow augmentation period. ...more
Appeals Court Hears Case Challenging 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Seattle May 11 in a case that could overturn the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 2014 Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. ...more
Biologists Halve Estimate of Spring Chinook Returning to the Columbia, Later Adjust Number Upward
Tribal, federal and state fish biologists cut their forecast for spring Chinook destined for areas above Bonneville Dam in half, then two weeks later adjusted the number upward to about 118,000 returning fish. ...more
Warming Climate Complicates Cold-Water Species Management
While overall water temperatures in the Columbia Basin are increasing slowly, the largest mainstem rivers are heating up much faster. ...more
Mid-Columbia Coho Restoration Project Gets Direction From ISRP
Indigenous coho no longer occupy the streams and rivers of the mid and upper Columbia River basins, yet that isn't stopping the Yakama Nation from trying to reestablish naturally spawning populations. ...more
Spill Controversy Persists, But Litigants Agree to a 2018 Spill Process
Four House members of the Northwest Congressional delegation sent a letter to BPA Administrator/CEO Elliot Mainzer earlier this month, questioning the science and costs of more spill at Columbia and Snake river dams. ...more
Oregon House Members Ask Gov. to Consider Economic Impacts of More Spill
A group of 25 members of the Oregon House of Representatives sent Gov. Kate Brown a letter on May 15, asking her to consider the economic impacts that spilling more water over federal dams will have on rural communities. ...more
Idaho Groups Urge Feds to Stop Barging Snake River Sockeye
Barging juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Columbia/Snake rivers, which began May 1, is once again stirring controversy. ...more

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