Reclamation moves forward on fish passage project in Yolo Bypass

USBR – Construction is expected to begin this fall on a project aimed at improving fish passage through the Yolo Bypass. The Bureau of Reclamation today released the Final Initial Study/Environmental Assessment and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Project. The Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Modification Project is located in the northern Read More…

Kent to receive $1 million for salmon restoration, flood protection

Kent Reporter – The King County Flood Control District approved $1.6 million in grants to help protect the Green River Watershed (WIRA) 9 including more than $1 million to support salmon recovery efforts in Kent. These funds were part of $5.1 million the district approved Monday as part of the Cooperative Watershed Management Grant Program. “Our iconic king (chinook) salmon are Read More…

Solar eclipse’s tides blamed for broken net, up to 305,000 Atlantic…

Seattle Times – It’s open season on Atlantic salmon as the public is urged to help mop up a salmon spill from an imploded net pen holding 305,000 fish at a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm near Cypress Island. Lummi fishers out for chinook on Sunday near Samish, south of Bellingham Bay, were shocked to pull up the spotted, silvery sided Atlantic salmon — escapees that turned up in their Read More…

Oroville Dam: Relicensing saga holds up habitat restoration

Mercury News – There may be much more than gravel placement for salmon spawning in the Feather River along downtown Oroville – but it’s contingent upon the relicensing of the Oroville Dam. If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, finally approves the settlement agreement signed by over 50 entities in 2006, the state Department of Water Resources would be able to continue Read More…

Karuk Tribe seeks to list Klamath River salmon as endangered

Times-Standard – A once bountiful run of Klamath River salmon now teetering near the edge of extinction could gain protections under the federal Endangered Species Act based on the findings of a study published this week, according to Karuk Tribe officials. The Karuk Tribe on Thursday submitted notices of its intent to file a petition to list Klamath River spring-run Chinook salmon as an Read More…

Steelhead struggling home in record low numbers

Seattle Times – Salmon and steelhead are in hot water — a problem scientists warn is going to get worse because of climate change. Steelhead returning this year to the Columbia and Snake rivers migrated out of the river during horrendous conditions in 2015, which included record low flows and high water temperatures. Those steelhead also were at sea during the so-called “blob” Read More…

Northwest Scientists Say Spilling More Water Over Dams Helps Fish

Northwest Public Radio – Wednesday, dozens of scientists sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers in Congress. In it, they argue in favor of spilling more water over dams to help fish. In a ruling earlier this year, a federal judge ordered Columbia River dam managers to spill more water by 2018. Several Northwest lawmakers are aiming to block that order with a bill they’ve introduced in Read More…

Northern pike documented farther down Lake Roosevelt at Hunters

The Spokesman-Review – Despite a tribal gillnetting effort and a sportfishing bounty, non-native northern pike continue their downstream invasion of the Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt. Northern pike have been confirmed this season as far downstream as Hunters, according to a July 12 report to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.  That's about 40 miles downstream from where Read More…

New genetic evidence could have major implications in the fight to…

The Sacramento Bee – A study published Wednesday by researchers at UC Davis may have major conservation implications for salmon in California and the Pacific Northwest. The study provides new evidence that “springers” and other salmon that migrate upstream from the ocean to spawn early in the year are genetically different than later migrating populations. This evidence could be used Read More…

Fall Chinook Season Closed on Klamath and Trinity Rivers

CDFW News – CDFW reminds anglers that fall Chinook salmon fishing on the Klamath and Trinity rivers is prohibited beginning Aug. 15, 2017 on the Klamath River and Sept. 1, 2017 on the Trinity River. Angling for steelhead remains open on both rivers for the entire year. Due to historically low stock projections of fall Chinook in the Klamath Basin for 2017, a full fishing closure was Read More…