Dams powered Tacoma but killed off salmon runs. 92 years later the…

KIRO 7 – Tacoma Power is now in the fish business. After a 92-year absence, spring chinook salmon are once again moving up and down the North Fork of the Skokomish River, thanks to a lot of human intervention and $62 million worth of state-of-the art facilities. Two new hatcheries, collection facilities and extensive monitoring of fish habitat have been put in place. In August, some of Read More…

Rare Columbia River salmon fishing closure mix of bad ocean, bad…

The Spokesman Review – This week’s rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of a double whammy of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015. “I can tell you, yes, our phones have been ringing off the hook,” said Bill Tweit of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s Columbia River Policy office. “But not a lot of irate Read More…

Humans devastated California’s chinook salmon. Now they want to…

CS Monitor – Dave Vogel already knew that levees and dams had devastated the coastal salmon population in California’s longest river. The surprise for the fisheries scientist arrived when he saw the video footage of young salmon clustered beneath bridges in the watery depths. City and county agencies in Northern California hired Mr. Vogel to provide research on several Read More…

NOAA National Survey Details Money Spent On Ocean, Coastal…

The Columbia Basin Bulletin – A new report by social scientists at NOAA Fisheries reveals that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it, with the Pacific Region having the largest number of participants. The recently released report provides results from the National Ocean Read More…

More critical water storage is finally coming to California

Sacramento Bee – California officials have been pushing for more natural water storage since the last large-scale facility was built in 1979. Now they’re finally going to get it, thanks to political pressure, President Donald Trump and some congressional creativity. The House approved several provisions Thursday that help fund water storage projects. The Senate is expected to concur Read More…

Lower Klamath River Quota Met

CDFW News – Based upon California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Lower Klamath River adult fall Chinook salmon quota below the Highway 96 Bridge near Weitchpec for the 2018 season as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. This triggers the closure of the adult Chinook salmon fishery Read More…

Feather River Hatchery fish ladder to open Sept. 14

Lake County News – The fish ladder at Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will open Friday, Sept. 14, signaling the start of the spawning season on the Feather River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery workers will open the gates in the ladder about 8 a.m. and will take more than 3 million spring-run eggs and 12 million fall-run eggs over the next two months in order to Read More…

Salt River restoration gets $1.13 million boost

Redwood Times – A $1.13 million restoration award from a state agency will buoy efforts to excavate the Salt River watershed, the seven-mile channel of the Eel River that local conservationists have spent decades trying to restore. The money comes from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which this year handed out $27.8 million to a diverse geographical spread of water body Read More…

Judge puts controversial Healdsburg logging plan on hold

Press Democrat – Planned logging near a Healdsburg stream that provides some of the last refuge in the region for wild coho salmon has been put on hold after a court decision overturned a timber harvest plan for the 160-acre site. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau determined last month that the plan approved by Cal Fire last fall inadequately analyzed potential impacts for Read More…

WDFW will use drone to collect river restoration project data at…

WDFW – Scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will fly a drone over a section of the Elochoman River in Wahkiakum County during the week of Sept. 24 to collect information to support river restoration work. WDFW scientist Jane Atha said a drone would collect imagery at the Elochoman River hatchery, where the agency recently removed the lower weir and fishway Read More…