Leaburg, Rock Creek fish hatcheries hit hard by wildfires

KEZI — Millions of fish have been saved at fish hatcheries in Oregon despite unprecedented wildfires and evacuations, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday. Six ODFW-managed facilities were affected, including two locally – Rock Creek and Leaburg. No lives were lost, and officials said staff are returning to some facilities to help spawn spring Chinook during a Read More…

Mercury concentrations in Yukon river fish could surpass EPA…

EurekAlert! — The concentration of mercury in the fish in Alaska's Yukon River may exceed the EPA's human health criterion by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming are not constrained, according to scientific research funded in part by NASA. This first of its kind research estimates potential releases of mercury from thawing permafrost under high and low carbon emissions Read More…

Algae less of a problem thanks to more river water in Moses Lake

Columbia Basin Herald — Blue-green algae and a toxin associated with it has been much less of a problem this year in Moses Lake, in large part thanks to higher flows of Columbia River water through the lake. “There have been lower levels of toxin,” said Stephanie Shopbell, an environmental health manager with Grant County Health District. “Algae blooms have not been as Read More…

Lawsuit Challenges Logging Threat to Endangered Wildlife in Northern…

Center for Biological Diversity — Conservation groups filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit today against the Gualala Redwood Timber Company to protect threatened and endangered fish, birds and frogs from a logging project in a redwood forest near Northern California’s Gualala River. Today’s action by the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of Gualala River seeks a court Read More…

Eel River Dam Removal Webinar

CalTrout — At CalTrout, science guides our conservation projects on the ground. We also share our work with the larger science community by participating in annual science conferences. One conference we participate in is the Salmonid Restoration Conference held by the Salmond Restoration Federation (SRF). The 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference was set to be held on March 31 – Read More…

B.C.’s municipal leaders to vote on salmon-safe flood control

The Columbia Valley Pioneer — B.C.’s municipal leaders are being asked to think about salmon safety before replacing antiquated flood-control infrastructure. At this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention Sept. 22-24 members will be voting on a resolution to pressure the provincial and federal governments to restore and protect salmon habitat compromised by necessary but Read More…

Greys River logging leads to cutthroat connectivity

Jackson Hole News and Guide — Patrick Barry first heard from friends in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s timber shop that a Greys River drainage logging project was in the works that might overlap with some high-elevation cutthroat trout habitat. The fisheries biologist made the trek to the headwater region called the “Tribasin” where the timber sale was slated to see Read More…

Agreement Aims To Conserve Threatened Steelhead Species

Escalon Times — NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries has approved a final Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), sponsored by Stockton East Water District (Stockton East), for the Calaveras River. The plan is designed to protect threatened fish species while also providing long-term security for crucial water operations through 2070. As part of this long-term Read More…

State funding dries up for SE hatchery king salmon programs

KFSK — The state of Alaska has told hatchery operators in Southeast Alaska it is ending a program that provides funding for king and coho salmon production. That announcement leaves the future of the Crystal Lake Hatchery on southern Mitkof Island near Petersburg up in the air. Crystal Lake is owned by the state, which contracts out its operations to the Ketchikan-based Southern Southeast Read More…

Pierce County takes steps to have Electron Dam removed

The Suburban Times — Citing the inexcusable environmental harm caused by irresponsible management of the Electron Dam, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier has issued a letter imposing a series of mitigation steps the owners must take.  Working with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Dammeier’s ultimate goal is to remove the 12-foot tall wooden dam from the Puyallup River. “The harm Read More…