Long-term Clear Creek restoration project completed

Bureau of Reclamation — Phase 3C of the Lower Clear Creek Floodway Rehabilitation Project has been completed, attracting fish and wildlife to new habitats and people to new recreation opportunities. This phase concludes the extensive and decades-long effort to restore more than 2 miles of stream channel on Bureau of Land Management property below Whiskeytown Dam. It was led by the Clear Read More…

Volunteer effort at Newberry Hill Heritage Park builds bridge for…

Kitsap Sun — Wetlands surrounded by evergreens seem to extend in every direction in Newberry Hill Heritage Park, a preserve of more than 1,000 acres east of Seabeck Highway. So lush with native and threatened species is one marsh that it's classified as "high conservation value" in the eyes of the state. That's where Frank Stricklin believed fish like coho salmon could also Read More…

Habitat Restoration Project Draws Crowd

Oakdale Leader — Community members showed up in droves Monday night, at the regularly scheduled Oakdale City Council meeting, necessitating a different venue from City Hall to the Bianchi Community Center to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols. Discussion regarding the Stanislaus River Salmonid Habitat Restoration Project drew a vocal crowd as community members voiced their support and Read More…

WDFW boat check stations have dealt with 11 invasive mussel-fouled…

Daily Fly — Only five months into the year, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) aquatic invasive watercraft inspection stations staff have already inspected over 5,500 watercraft; 11 of which were fouled with invasive zebra and/or quagga mussels. WDFW’s check stations are part of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Columbia River Basin Team watercraft Read More…

More U.S. Rivers Deserve ‘Outstanding’ Designation

PEW Charitable Trusts — In many American communities, rivers irrigate the farms that feed families, quench people’s thirst—rivers are the source of more than two-thirds of the drinking water in the U.S.—sustain wildlife habitat, and provide an economic boost for communities. Yet only a very small portion of those waterways are protected from threats ranging from pollution to damming, Read More…

Long-term monitoring shows successful restoration of mining-polluted…

UC Santa Cruz — Many miles of streams and rivers in the United States and elsewhere are polluted by toxic metals in acidic runoff draining from abandoned mining sites, and major investments have been made to clean up acid mine drainage at some sites. A new study based on long-term monitoring data from four sites in the western United States shows that cleanup efforts can allow affected streams Read More…

Will California Save the Last Winter Run Salmon This Year?

National Resource Defense Council — California’s State Water Board can save this year’s population of endangered winter run chinook salmon eggs and fry from cooking to death in too-hot river temperatures, as the fish did in 2014 and 2015. And they can improve the chances for later-spawning fall run chinook— the backbone of the salmon fishery—to survive below Shasta Dam as well. But Read More…

16.8 million young hatchery salmon get truck rides to San Francisco…

Record.net — All of the juvenile chinook salmon (smolts) from state fish hatcheries are getting truck rides to saltwater this spring to increase their survival, triggered by projected poor conditions in the Sacramento River and other Central Valley rivers this year. Over 16.8 million young chinook salmon from four Central Valley hatcheries — the Feather River, Nimbus, Mokelumne and Merced Read More…

Cut Off From the Ocean by a Volcanic Eruption, These Fish Had to…

Hakai Magazine — In 1732, the crew of a German whaling ship peered out at an extraordinary sight. Great plumes of ash were rising from the strange, uninhabited island of Jan Mayen—an isolated sliver of land between northern Norway and Greenland. What the whalers saw was the eruption of Beerenberg, a cataclysmic volcanic event that reshaped Jan Mayen and caused a small population of Arctic Read More…