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NW Fishletter
NWF.371/July 3, 2017
Columbia River Salmonid Returns Pegged Below 10-Year Averages
The 2017 Columbia River summer Chinook, steelhead and sockeye runs headed to spawning locations above Bonneville Dam are expected to return at levels below 10-year averages. The Oregon and Washington fish departments and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission reported the seasonal 2017 forecasts June 28. ...more
Boats Fouled by Invasive Mussels Intercepted in Idaho, Montana, Oregon; Zinke Says Stopping Their Spread is Non-Partisan
Reports indicate that inspectors in Idaho, Montana and Oregon have intercepted 17 watercraft infested with non-native dressinid mussels so far in 2017. ...more
Fish Passage at Little Goose Dam Improves With Operational Changes
Decreasing the amount of water going over spillways at Little Goose Dam on the lower Snake River seems to be helping spring Chinook find the fish ladder and pass around the dam, the interagency Technical Management Team was told at its June 7 meeting. ...more
NW House Members Urge Trump to Initiate CRT Negotiations; U.S. Negotiator Leaving
A bipartisan group of Northwest House members wrote to President Donald Trump June 21 urging him to "take any and all necessary actions" to initiate negotiations with Canada over the future of the Columbia River Treaty, including sending a notice of termination so as "to incentivize Canada to come to the table." ...more
F&W Program 2016 Costs Drop to 25 Percent of BPA's Total Power-Related Costs
All fish and wildlife costs incurred by Bonneville in fiscal year 2016 totaled about $621.5 million, including forgone revenue, or about 25 percent of BPA's total power-related costs, according to a draft report released June 14. ...more
Appeal Filed Over Spill Decision in 2008-2014 BiOp Case
Defendants in the 2008-2014 BiOp case on June 2 filed an appeal of U.S. District Judge Michael Simon's recent orders on spill and capital expenditures at lower Snake River dams. ...more
Progress Reported on Willamette River BiOp Requirements
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Green Belt Land Trust updated the Northwest Power and Conservation Council June 14 on their work to re-establish Oregon's Willamette Basin as a sustainable home for Chinook, steelhead, bull trout and other fish species. ...more
Draft EIS Published on a New Columbia River Harvest Plan
NOAA Fisheries posted a draft EIS June 14 that analyzes options for a new U.S. v. Oregon Columbia River harvest-management plan to replace the management agreement that expires at the end of 2017. ...more
Council Approves Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Research Plan
After more than a year of work, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on June 13 ap-proved the research plan for the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. ...more
PGE and Deschutes River Alliance Parties Agree to Settlement Talks
Deschutes River Alliance and Portland General Electric agreed to settlement discussions in a case alleging Clean Water Act violations at the utility's Pelton Round Butte dam complex in central Oregon. ...more

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