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NWF.391/March 4, 2019
Washington State Jumps Into Water Temperature Certification At Federal Dams
Settlements between an environmental group and two federal agencies put Washington state in an unusual position of authority over nine federal dams on the Columbia and Snake river and their impacts on water quality, including temperature. ...more
Bipartisan Support Delivers Wins For Farmers, Fish In Once-Contentious Yakima Basin
While water users in some Columbia River tributaries have been busy arming themselves for the traditional dams-and-farmers-versus-fish fight, the major players in the Yakima Basin have been quietly working together to solve their water issues. ...more
Report: Stable Snowpack Not Likely To Continue In Coming Decades
According to a Feb. 25 drought outlook webinar from the National Integrated Drought Information System, the Columbia Basin appears to be dodging the bullet expected to come with climate change--a large drop in the snowpack, as measured on April 1. ...more
NW Power And Conservation Council Gets Spill Overview From Feds, States, Tribes
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council got a first-hand explanation from the federal agencies, states and tribes involved in a new flexible spill agreement that goes into effect in April, if Washington state modifies its total dissolved gas limits. ...more
Orca Recovery, Flexible Spill Agreement Among Reasons For Dissolved Gas Proposal
A proposal to modify Washington state's total dissolved gas standards to 120 percent in both forebays and tailraces at eight dams this year would allow for more spill and reduce powerhouse encounters by salmon and steelhead smolts--which should eventually result in more adult returns. ...more
Walleye: Ravenous Salmon Predator Or Popular Sport Fish?
On one hand, walleye are a great catch--considered a delicious freshwater, white fish. On the other, they tend to dominate an ecosystem when they're not native. As an unwelcome transplant in the Snake and Columbia rivers, they gather at the mouths of tributaries and in pools below dams to gobble up young salmon and steelhead attempting to make the already treacherous journey to the ocean. ...more
Montana Intercepts 16 Out-Of-State Vessels With Mussels
Montana state agencies inspected more than 107,000 boats in 2018, discovering 16 out-of-state vessels with invasive mussels and 170 with aquatic weeds. ...more
Oregon Releases Fourth Climate Assessment Report
The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute released its 2019 report on the state of the climate in Oregon, concluding that the state is already experiencing impacts of climate change, but also noting that there are opportunities to adapt. ...more
Orca Bills Aim To Help Whales With Prey, Noise And Pollution
Nine bills aimed at carrying out recommendations of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force are working their way through the Washington Legislature. ...more
Poor Return Forecasts Curtail Columbia River Chinook Fishing
The states of Washington and Oregon have reduced this year's fishing for spring Chinook on the Columbia River due to a reduction in projected returns. ...more
Marion County, Salem Ask Judge To Deny Injunction, Halt Detroit Dam Tower
Marion County and the City of Salem say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to consider reasonable alternatives when it decided to construct a water temperature control tower at Detroit Dam, and are asking a U.S. District Court judge in Portland to order the agency to stop work on its plan until a new biological opinion is issued for the Willamette Project and other concerns are addressed. ...more

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