Government Agency Says It Will Stop Killing The Beaver State’s…

OPB – It took the threat of a lawsuit, but a federal agency is no longer killing the Beaver State’s beavers. Environmental groups had challenged the practice in Oregon because, they said, it’s a threat to more than just the state animal. Beavers just can’t help themselves — they have to build dams from sticks and mud. Those dams can create really good habitat for other species, Read More…

Flood Barrier Designed with Fish-Friendly Features

NOAA News – Puget Sound salmon got a boost this summer from a redesigned levee in Pacific, WA. While local leaders were determined to reduce frequent flooding of neighborhoods and businesses, NOAA and partners provided expertise in habitat restoration, as well as a portion of the funding. The results? King County improved resilience to flooding along the unpredictable river, and restored Read More…

Trump Move to Boost Delta Pumping Raises Fears About Fish Impacts

News Deeply – In the final days of 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would consider sending as much water as possible from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farmers and cities to the south. The notice comes as a follow-up to a speech Trump made in Fresno during his presidential campaign, when he condemned the downstream flow of river water into the ocean Read More…

Study focuses on restoring Yuba River, with $97M worth of proposals…

The Union – Hydraulic mining and development in the watershed contributed greatly to degradation in the lower Yuba River. A federal agency studied what could be done to restore that ecosystem and came up with nearly $97 million worth of proposals. Following a request by the Yuba County Water Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated the Yuba River Ecosystem Restoration Read More…

Salmon and Orca Survival Threatened by Chlorpyrifos Pesticide:…

EcoWatch – A group of three widely used agricultural pesticides jeopardizes the survival of endangered salmon, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinion unveiled this week. Chlorpyrifos, malathion and diazinon—all organophosphate pesticides—harm salmon and their habitat to the point that their survival and recovery are at risk, according to the report. Read More…

Lab evaluating ‘Salmon Cannon,’ could cost fraction of…

WFLA – The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is evaluating a Seattle-based company’s technology, known as the “Whooshh Fish Transport System.” The so-called “Salmon Cannon” transports fish through a flexible tube that works by creating a difference in pressure across fish, which helps them gently move through the tube. Enabling these fish to Read More…

Working toward common goal, agencies collaborate to help endangered…

USFWS – The endangered Moapa dace, a fast-swimming olive-green fish about the length of a human finger, has united wildlife biologists from several government agencies. Dace have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for 50 years. However, basic questions about the fish’s biology are still unanswered, which is why biologists are coming together to learn more about this tiny Read More…

Judge approves plan to release more water over federal dams on the…

The Spokesman Review – A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over eight federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The order comes after an April 2017 court ruling demanding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release more water through the spillways. The court gave the government a year to determine the best way to increase spill rates. The Read More…

New paths to survival for endangered winter run Chinook salmon

California Water Blog – Many Californians have seen headlines about endangered Sacramento River Winter Run Chinook salmon (“winter run”) on the “brink of extinction.” But not many people know exactly what winter run are, nor why they are endangered. Like all salmon, winter run reproduce (spawn) in freshwater. Their offspring migrate to the ocean as juveniles, where they feed and Read More…

The delta smelt heads for extinction, marking a half-century of…

Los Angeles Times – You might wish you had as much power to affect the environment and the economy as the delta smelt. Enemies have blamed the tiny freshwater fish for putting farmers out of business across California’s breadbasket, forcing the fallowing of vast acres of arable land, creating double-digit unemployment in agricultural counties, even clouding the judgment of scientists Read More…