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NW Fishletter
NWF.373/September 5, 2017
Scientists: Toxics Undermining Columbia Habitat Restoration
Toxic contaminants are undermining habitat restoration efforts, highlighting the need for a more thorough understanding of how toxic substances--alone, cumulatively and synergistically--are affecting fish and wildlife in the Columbia Basin, according to a pair of NOAA scientists who briefed the Northwest Power and Conversation Council on Aug. 15. ...more
BPA Plans FY 2018 Fish and Wildlife Spending Closer to 2016, 2017 Levels
Although $277 million is in BPA's fiscal year 2018 budget for the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, the agency will try to keep direct expenses closer to those in FY 2016 and 2017. ...more
Cool Water Still Needed From Dworshak as Fish Continue Migration
With inflows to Dworshak Dam's reservoir decreasing--and no significant precipitation in sight--dam operators began reducing outflows in August both over the spillway and through generators. ...more
Riverkeeper: No Sustained Hot Water Temps if Lower Snake Dams Go
If the lower four Snake River dams did not exist, the river would have been cool enough for salmon migration during summer 2015, according to a modeling performed by Columbia Riverkeeper. ...more
Smaller Columbia River Fish Returns Constrain Harvests; Blob Cited As Factor
Fall Chinook are once again expected to be one of the standouts of this year's salmon and steelhead returns, with 613,800 fish expected, or 84 percent of the 10-year average, according to a joint staff report of the Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife departments released Aug. 16. ...more
9th Circuit Denies PGE's Request to Appeal CWA Decision
Portland General Electric's attempts to have federal courts dismiss a lawsuit over its Deschutes River hydroelectric projects appear to have ended, at least for now. ...more
Scientists Press for Columbia/Snake Spill Up to 125 Percent TDG
Saying the groundwork has been laid for increasing spill, 46 regional scientists urged Northwest policymakers to expand spring and summer water releases to levels that reach up to 125 percent total dissolved gas. ...more
Sediment Buildup Complicates Fish Care, Navigation at Lower Granite Dam
Higher-than-expected sediment buildup this summer on the lower Snake River near the Port of Clarkston, Wash., has led the port to request a one-foot increase of the Lower Granite reservoir's minimum operating pool (MOP) for 11 hours, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 15, to accommodate the scheduled mooring of a deeper-draft cruise boat. ...more
Petitioners Decide Not to Challenge Seventh Power Plan
As of Aug. 23, there's one fewer lawsuit involving Columbia and Snake River salmon. ...more
Wild Fish Conservancy Sues Company Over Atlantic Salmon Escape
Following the collapse of a net pen and the escape of some 300,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound, Wild Fish Conservancy served a 60-day notice Aug. 25 of its intent to sue Cooke Aquaculture Pacific under Section 505 of the Clean Water Act. ...more
Martin to Lead Washington Salmon Recovery Office
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Steve Martin. ...more

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