A Mighty Confluence of Events Creates a Model Stream

Environmental Monitor – A recent study from researchers at the University of California, Davis presents the case of what is now a model stream: the Putah Creek. Nestled in its own riparian reserve just a few miles from campus, the creek is an idyllic habitat for birds, fish, benthic species, and other denizens of the stream—but it wasn’t always. In 1999, the stream had disappeared, Read More…

Hatchery sturgeon fair game starting April 29 in upper Columbia River

The Spokesman Review – Anglers will be allowed to fish hatchery reared sturgeon from the Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs starting April 29. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change Friday in a news release. “Not only does this fishery provide a great opportunity for anglers but it’s also helping our efforts to recover white sturgeon populations by Read More…

Southern California water agency backs 2 Delta tunnels in…

The Sacramento Bee – The twin tunnels would take water from the Sacramento River and transport it under the Delta. See which islands and rivers they would cross. Sharon Okada The Sacramento Bee After a decade of planning and debate, the controversial Delta tunnels project got a huge cash infusion Tuesday and took a giant step toward becoming reality. In a historic decision, the wealthy Read More…

Tillamook Anglers Ready for 30th Annual Fin-Clipping Party Sat. April…

Tillamook County Pioneer – We are going to have a party! SATURDAY APRIL 14TH 2018. A fin clipping party that is at Whiskey Creek Volunteer Salmon Hatchery. Yep, 105,000 little Spring Chinook need to have their “adipose fin” clipped in order to mark them as hatchery fish, the only type Spring Chinook you can catch, keep and eat. Wild ones have to be turned loose. This will be Tillamook Read More…

Steelhead begins spring migration to Pacific Ocean

KMTV – Tucked in the Snake River Canyon sits the Niagara Springs Fish Hatchery. Since the beginning of spring, Idaho Fish and Game began hauling about 1.8 million juvenile steelhead into Idaho Power's fish tanks. The fish were then transported to the Snake River in three separate locations: Hells Canyon Dam, Pahsimeroi River and Little Salmon River. This marked the beginning of their Read More…

Reclamation begins flushing water down Klamath River

Herald and News – Increased flows began Friday afternoon and continue through Monday. Public urged to take safety precautions on or near the river while flows are high Friday afternoon, the Bureau of Reclamation began increased flows below Iron Gate Dam to reduce the risk of disease for coho salmon in the Klamath River. Flows below Iron Gate Dam will increase from approximately 1,800 Read More…

California’s Lost Wetlands Get Help From Sacramento Valley Rice…

KQED – Before the Gold Rush, the Central Valley in California was like a bathtub. Rivers full of water from the mountains meandered through the valley, spreading the water far and wide across a vast expanse of natural wetlands. This created rich feeding grounds for migrating species: salmon going to and from the ocean, or birds flying through from Alaska or Argentina. But with the Read More…

Puget Sound salmon do drugs, which may hurt their survival

The Seattle Times – Anti-depressants. Diabetes drugs. High-blood-pressure medication. Puget Sound chinook are doing our drugs, and it may be hurting them, new research shows. The metabolic disturbance evident in the fish from human drugs was severe enough that it may result not only in failure to thrive but early mortality and an inability to compete for food and habitat. The response Read More…

Dutch Slough Tidal marsh restoration project to begin next month

The Press – A ground-breaking wetland restoration project that has been more than 15 years in the making is now just weeks away from breaking ground in Oakley. The Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration project is slated to start construction next month. The project is an effort by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to restore nearly 1,200 acres of critically needed habitat Read More…

‘We’re losing’ sea lion fight

The Columbian – Ted Walsey’s shotgun cracked like thunder, lobbing a cracker shell into the Columbia River and sending the big brown sea lion beneath the surface in search of friendlier waters. But the boat and the noises emanating from it wasn’t far behind. Just as crews from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission have for a number of years, Walsey, Bobby Begay and Reggie Read More…