Drilling for Delta tunnel studies blocked in court

The Stockton RecordBy Alex BreitlerOctober 30, 2012Test drilling for Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed twin tunnels must wait until next spring, despite state officials' warning in court documents that any delay could drive up the cost of the now $14 billion project, or even render it infeasible.Judges in San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties denied requests by the state Department of Water Read More…

Pacific Northwest tribes want to use hatcheries to replenish salmon…

FISBy Natalia RealOctober 30, 2012While fish hatcheries below the dams in the Pacific Northwest of the US have for decades boosted salmon stocks for downstream and ocean fishers, wild runs upstream have weakened. Now tribes upstream claim that hatcheries can help replenish wild stocks when wild fish breed with their hatchery counterparts.The tribes' report contests experts' worries that the wild Read More…

National rivers initiative in the northwest puts emphasis on salmon…

OPBOctober 29, 2012Dams, agriculture, urban development — they’ve all contributed to the loss of quality habitat for Northwest salmon. In Idaho, a historic gold mine has left problems behind for salmon and steelhead.The Salmon River is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains, clean water and abundant fish and wildlife have attracted hundreds of people Read More…

Salmon probe shows need for reform, group says

The Globe and MailOctober 28, 2012Some who took part in the inquiry looking into why millions of sockeye salmon vanished from one of British Columbia’s most prized fisheries are already anticipating what the report might say, and many believe the news won’t be good for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.After listening to 160 witnesses, compiling 14,000 pages of transcripts and 2,100 Read More…

Vietnam cancels 23 hydro projects after continuous earthquakes

Ooska NewsOctober 25, 2012 After the Song Tranh 2 hydropower plant’s dam was cracked amid continuous earthquakes, the Quang Nam province authorities have reviewed and determined to cancel 23 hydropower projects in the area. More than 20 earthquakes have struck central Quang Nam Province's Bac Tra My District and Song Tranh Dam since the start of September. The most recent was on October 23 Read More…

Support from local communities needed to protect endangered Mekong…

WWFOctober 23, 2012 Kampi, Kratie town, Cambodia  – Five Cambodian fishermen representing their communities will publicly express their support for a ban on gillnet use in a ceremony highlighting the importance of the Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin. The event organised by the Commission for Dolphin Conservation and Development of the Mekong River Dolphin Eco-tourism Zone, the Fisheries Read More…

Innovative ways to protect fish from the impact of dams and power…

AZO CleantechOctober 26, 2012Biologist Dr Paul Kemp, from the University’s International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research (ICER), helps engineers developing hydropower to understand fish behaviour and come up with innovative ways to keep them away from turbines and intake systems.Dr Kemp is looking at behavioural attraction and repulsion and other aspects of fish behaviour, including Read More…

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission rejects petition for more…

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 25, 2012Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission today rejected a petition from Northwest Environmental Advocates to increase regulation of pesticides that can harm salmon and steelhead on the endangered species list. The commission voted 5-0 to reject the petition from Nina Bell, the environmental group's director. Among other measures, Bell's petition would Read More…

Climate change could be affected by changing phytoplankton

FISOctober 26, 2012Warmer oceans in the future could significantly alter populations of phytoplankton, tiny organisms that could have a major impact on climate change.In the current issue of Science Express, Michigan State University researchers show that by the end of the 21st century, warmer oceans will cause populations of these marine microorganisms to thrive near the poles and may shrink in Read More…

Hatching a plan for Northwest salmon

Indian CountryBy Jackleen de La HarpeOctober 28, 2012Fish hatcheries built below the dams in the Pacific Northwest have replenished salmon stocks for downstream and ocean fishermen for decades, while upstream, wild runs where treaty tribes fish have dwindled. Now tribes report that hatcheries can serve another purpose—to restore and strengthen wild stocks by allowing them to breed with hatchery Read More…