Plan to protect Columbia River salmon backfires; predator birds flee

Mail Tribune – A plan to protect young salmon by killing double-crested cormorants on an island in the Columbia River has backfired after the birds fled the area halfway through their nesting season. Two dead cormorants and 14 cracked eggs are the only recent evidence that the birds have tried to return to nesting grounds on East Sand Island since abandoning nests in May, The Daily Astorian Read More…

Oregon To Seek Permit To Lethally Remove Salmonid-Eating Sea Lions At…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – Oregon will soon apply to NOAA Fisheries for a permit to add lethal removal to its pinniped management plan at Willamette Falls south of Portland. The number of sea lions preying on salmon and steelhead at the falls is significant, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and that is one of the many factors negatively impacting salmon runs, Read More…

Columbia Gorge a walleye bonanza this year

The Columbian – This spring chinook season in Southwest Washington was so flaky — with the high streamflows by mid-March and low Bonneville Dam counts — that I only made one trip for the premier fish of the Columbia River. I opted instead to chase walleyes in the Columbia Gorge and that turned out to be a fantastic choice. My neighbor and I fished the stretch of the Columbia between Read More…

9.5 foot white sturgeon found at Keno Dam

Herald and News – The carcass of an extremely large white sturgeon was discovered Thursday during a routine check of Keno Dam. Estimated at 9 1/2 feet and 250 pounds, the fish was found by Todd Engelbrecht, a hydro foreman with PacifiCorp, when he was checking the spill gate for obstructions. Engelbrecht said he thought the carcass might have been a log, but after opening the gate Read More…

On California, the drought and the ‘yuck factor’

Berkeley News – “When you think about how we use water in the West, our cities are the lifeblood of our economy,” he says. Sedlak — also the deputy director of Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), an National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center, and co-director of the Berkeley Water Center — has been working with scientists across the Read More…

More on the May 25 Delta Stewardship Council meeting

CVBT – During a lively panel discussion at the May 25 Delta Stewardship Council meeting, Lester Snow, a veteran of California water wars, looked at page 21 in the latest revision of the Delta Plan and said, “One thing that jumps out at me in this section A-4 is you’re kind of saying that the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies can’t get their Read More…

Heat wave brings excess water

Turlock Journal – Yes, you read the headline right. The heat wave that has hit the state this week is drying out everything in the Valley, but up in the mountains the high temperatures are causing a different problem: rapidly melting snowpack. June snowpack runoff is extremely high, according to David Rizzardo of the California Department of Water Resources, with rates this year ranging Read More…

To protect Pine Flat Dam from being overtopped, more water sent down…

The Fresno Bee – Water releases from Pine Flat Dam were ratcheted up Thursday as federal officials worked to prevent the reservoir from overtopping the dam. Water flows from the eastern Fresno County dam were expected to reach 14,640 cubic feet per second Thursday evening. Ramped-up releases in the Kings will take place over the next few days, said Tyler Stalker, spokesman for the U.S. Read More…

Puget Sound Study: Pinniped Predation On Juvenile Salmon Making…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – A complicated weave of protected species – both fish and mammals – in Puget Sound highlights the issues fish and wildlife managers face in recovery choices. Since the Marine Mammal Protection Act was passed in 1972, populations of marine mammals, such as harbor seals, and Steller and California sea lions have rebounded. However, with the increase in Read More…

California Protects Rare Foothill Yellow-legged Frog

Sierra Sun Times – The California Fish and Game Commission voted on Wednesday to advance the foothill yellow-legged frog as a candidate species under the California Endangered Species Act, responding to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity. Candidates receive all the protections of a listed species for a year while the commission and staff decide whether to provide Read More…