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NWF.372/August 7, 2017
9th Circuit Rejects Petition to Toss Council's 2014 Fish & Wildlife Program
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition from Northwest Resource Information Center and its Earthjustice attorneys calling for a rewrite of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's 2014 Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. ...more
TMT Tries to Manage Dworshak Outflows to Cool Lower Snake River
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began increasing outflow from Dworshak Dam July 6 to help cool the lower Snake River and aid adult salmon and steelhead migrating upstream to spawning areas. ...more
BPA Adopts Spill Surcharge to Customer Power Rates in FY 2018, 2019
BPA adopted a spill surcharge for use in FYs 2018 and 2019 to recover costs associated with a recent court order requiring increased spill, according to the final record of decision released July 26 in the BP-18 rate case. ...more
Report Says Modernized Columbia River Treaty Ups Value of Basin's Natural Assets
Addressing ecosystem functions in a modernized Columbia River Treaty would expand the value of the basin's natural assets by $1.5 billion annually, according to a new analysis by Earth Economics, although it would slightly diminish hydropower value. ...more
Predictions for 2017 Columbia River Fall Chinook and Coho Released
The Columbia River 2017 fall Chinook and coho runs are forecast to come back in numbers close to their recent average returns, a stock status report issued July 26 said. ...more
Northern Pike Now 40 Miles Farther Downstream in Lake Roosevelt
Northern pike have spread another 40 miles farther downstream in Lake Roosevelt, even though a program managed by the Spokane and Colville tribes and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has removed thousands of the invasive fish from the lake. ...more
Oregon Publics Ask Governor to Balance Energy and Salmon Recovery
Executives of Oregon's electric cooperatives and other consumer-owned utilities asked Gov. Kate Brown for her personal leadership in formulating a 2018 spill plan to comply with a recent court order. ...more
Legislation Proposed to Block Court Orders on BiOp and Spill
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) recently introduced legislation that would keep the current Federal Columbia River Power System BiOp until 2022. ...more
Power Council Gets Update on Lower Columbia River Chum Recovery
Upswings in the number of lower Columbia River chum in 2015 and 2016, and a strategic focus on restoration, hold promise for the threatened species, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council learned at its July 11 meeting. ...more

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