Major Dam Project Could Leave Oregon’s Detroit Lake Empty For Years

OPB – A project intended to improve conditions for endangered fish could mean essentially emptying Detroit Lake for one or two years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River. But the $100 to $250 million project has Read More…

Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels…

The Mercury News – Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is working on a plan to scale back one of his key legacy projects — a $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water from Northern California to the south. Instead of two Read More…

Coho salmon return to west Marin County watershed

Press Democrat – There’s a lively, hopeful display underway these days along Lagunitas Creek in west Marin County, where the return of winter rains has drawn endangered coho salmon up into the stream to spawn. After decades of watching Central California Coast coho stock diminish, it’s heartening to know 3-year-old fish have found their way back home to reproduce and keep the species Read More…

State seeks to lift ban on mining practice as Supreme Court denies…

Times Standard – Mining advocates were dealt a blow this week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a bid to repeal California’s ban on an in-river gold mining practice. Meanwhile, state regulators are working on recommendations to potentially allow for the controversial mining practice to recommence as soon as this year or potentially in 2019 — 10 years after the ban took Read More…

Strong 2017 salmon season may have consequences

Marin IJ – The summer of 2017 was a fishing season to remember for Bay Area salmon fishermen, who vividly recall some of the best action in years for ocean Chinook. During a blitz of activity off the San Mateo coast in July, boatloads of 20 anglers or more caught their two-fish personal limits in as little as 40 minutes, day after day after day. The hot fishing — the best some experienced Read More…

The Challenge: Visionary, Practical Plans for Rising Bay Waters ……

KQED – Ready. Set. Innovate. After months of field studies and preparation, design teams in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge are now paired up with communities around the Bay, ready to develop sustainable visions for the future. The projects are all designed to elevate (either literally or not) the Bay Area’s resilience to imminent or long-term threats such as rising sea Read More…

Riverside County has a plan to revitalize the Salton Sea — and to…

Desert Sun – Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez on Thursday proposed a $400 million plan to build a horseshoe-shaped lake on the north side of the Salton Sea — and to pay for it using a tax district and a new bond issue subject to voter approval. The proposal calls for a 4,200-acre lake, roughly double the size of Big Bear Lake. It would be built by erecting a berm following Read More…

Council Hears Rundown On Ocean Conditions Impact On Columbia River…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – The initial period after ocean entry for Columbia River basin juvenile salmon and steelhead is when most of the mortality occurs during their lives at sea, so ocean conditions – temperatures and nutrient supplies – during that period are critical to how many of the fish will return to the river as adults one to three years later. The path the fish take Read More…

WSU researchers discover shrinking gene pool among Chinook salmon…

The Spokesman Review – As Chinook salmon populations declined across the Pacific Northwest, scientists suspected the fish lost a great deal of genetic diversity, too. But until recently, the theory hadn’t been tested. Ancient salmon bones are hard to come by, and it’s even harder to extract workable DNA samples from them. “Science finally caught up with what we already believed Read More…

New fish ladder coming to Opal Springs

Bend Bulletin – A $10.7 million project is coming to the Crooked River, designed to help the region’s salmon and steelhead populations traverse the river more effectively. A collection of local groups, along with federal and state agencies, plans to begin construction this spring on a 28-foot fish ladder at the Opal Springs Hydroelectric Project, near the mouth of the Crooked River. The Read More…