Environmental and fishing groups sue to save Columbia River salmon

KOMO News – Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the agency. "We need a plan to deal with climate change and rising water Read More…

Columbia spring salmon season set; Willamette rules won’t change

The Oregonian – Spring chinook salmon anglers will get a 37-day, uninterrupted fishing season on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, starting Wednesday. Bag limit will be one adipose-fin-clipped adult per day. Oregon anglers have been turned loose on the Willamette River without a one-fish daily bag limit, despite a lower predicted return. Fishing will be allowed seven days per week Read More…

Snorkeling Study Nails Down Fish Feeding Times For Juvenile Salmon In…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – A snorkeling survey of juvenile salmon in a Puget Sound estuary found that the fish feed early in the day and feeding declines towards evening. In fact, juveniles spend about 20 percent of their time feeding at dawn and that declines to about 5 percent of their time spent feeding by early evening. The new study published in Transactions of the American Read More…

Winners, Losers Among Fish When Landscape Undergoes Change

The Fish Site – A new study by the University of Washington and Simon Fraser University has found that some fish lose out while others benefit as urban and agricultural development encroaches on streams and rivers across the United States. Having a diversity of species, each with different land-use sensitivities and ecological functions, helps buffer ecosystems from failing in the face of Read More…

Rural California levees besieged by pounding wet winter

The Seattle Times – Billions of dollars in flood projects have eased fears of levee breaks near California’s capital and some other cities, but state and federal workers are joining farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles this week to stave off any chain-reaction failure of rural levees protecting farms and farm towns. As the wet winter forces operators of dams to send more Read More…

Forum Looks At Ocean, Estuary Research; Juvenile Salmon Stop, Feed,…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Ocean and estuary research is getting a boost from a periodic Northwest Power and Conservation Council forum – the Ocean and Plume Science and Management Forum. Chartered by the Council in 2015, the Forum meets two to three times a year (and has since 2013, two years prior to the charter) to discuss research that is largely focused on a clearer Read More…

MRC completes first round of consultation on Pak Beng hydropower dam

The Nation – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) finished its first round of prior consultation process yesterday on the construction of the Pak Beng hydropower dam in the mainstream of the river. The process was a public hearing held in Laos’s ancient capital of Luang Prabang on Wednesday and yesterday for all stakeholders to share their views and information about the project. The Read More…

Making Sure Salmon Can Cross (Under) The Roads In Washington

OPB – Steve Hinton has a pretty unusual mindset when it comes to his job. “I try to think like a fish,” he says. That’s a crucial part of Hinton’s job as the director of habitat restoration for the Swinomish Tribal Community and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe. He spends a lot of his time trying to figure out how salmon will respond to obstacles in their way as they return from the Read More…

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd

CDFW News – A record crowd of over 7,500 enjoyed the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival earlier this month at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Warm Springs-Don Clausen Fish Hatchery east of Healdsburg in the Russian River watershed. The event celebrated the return of steelhead to the hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and  featured displays, booths and Read More…