Enough salmon eggs survive flooding for Bowker Creek to run…

Victoria News — Despite recent downpours wreaking havoc, members of a local salmon protection group say they will be able to run their river incubation programs this year. Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery had built a Salmon Chum egg incubation box, but faster flows caused by heavy rainfall around Bowker Creek had scattered the rocks used to build the stone box. In a post on Facebook, the group Read More…

Smaller fish tags to help sockeye studies above Grand Coulee Dam

Oregon Public Broadcasting — Tracking some young salmon has always had one hitch: the tiny fish are too small for the injectable tags researchers use to track fish as they move past hydropower dams. To make the tags smaller, researchers also had to shrink the batteries that power the fish tags. Now, new battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will allow Read More…

‘It will affect a lot of fish’: Incubating salmon eggs swept away…

Victoria Times Colonist — The heavy rainfall that turned rivers and creeks into raging waterways this week is expected to have a significant effect on salmon stocks for years to come. The swift water likely swept away incubating eggs and sent young salmon prematurely out to sea, destroyed critical gravel nesting sites and food sources, and hindered salmon that had yet to spawn, says Ian Read More…

Research locates cold-water areas crucial for fish survival

Methow Valley News — To humans, rivers in the Methow can seem pretty frigid, even in August. But for fish in the Methow, having cold water – really cold – is a matter of life and death. Aquatic ecologist John Crandall has been walking along the rivers in the Methow watershed – the Methow, Chewuch and Twisp – with an elongated thermometer, taking the water temperature as he Read More…

EPA Announces Next Steps in Process to Protect Bristol Bay Watershed…

EPA — Today, EPA announced a timeframe for the agency to consider new information available to determine next steps in the Bristol Bay Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(c) process for the Pebble Deposit (Pebble Mine) in Southwest Alaska. If a CWA 404(c) determination is finalized, it would help protect waters over the long term that are essential to commercial, subsistence, and recreational Read More…

Tribes ask for more support for salmon reintroduction to the Upper…

Northwest News Network — Native American tribes, who want help to continue reintroducing salmon above Grand Coulee Dam, asked for support to continue fish survival studies at Northwest Power and Conservation Council meetings this week. The tribes said they need support for donor stocks, rearing equipment and equipment for the acoustic and PIT tagging studies. The phased reintroduction has Read More…

In Colorado’s rivers, genetic research helps rainbow trout rebound

The Durango Herald — In the 1990s, rainbow trout in Colorado died. A lot of them. Millions of them. Whirling disease, an imported aquatic disease first discovered in Germany in 1893, left young trout swimming in circles. Nearly entire generations of rainbow trout died with kinks in their tails, catastrophic deformities from a nearly invisible parasite. The Colorado River in Grand County lost Read More…

Infrastructure matters for wildlife too – here’s how aging…

Westport News — As the Biden administration prepares to make the biggest investment in U.S. infrastructure in more than a decade, there’s much discussion about how systems like roads, bridges and electric power grids affect people’s daily lives. Here’s an angle that’s received less attention: Wildlife depends on infrastructure too. I’m studying how human-made structures affect Read More…

Removal of four PacifiCorp dams on Klamath River slated to begin in…

Daily Kos — If all goes as planned, the removal of four PacifiCorp Dams on the Klamath River that have blocked salmon and steelhead migration for over 100 years will begin in early 2023, according to Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) Executive Director Mark Bransom. Branson spoke at a press briefing on Friday that also featured Yurok Tribe Lawyer Amy Cordallis, Trout Unlimited CA Read More…

As California drought clouds future, Chinook salmon return to Sonoma…

The Press Democrat — Chinook salmon are back, baby! After a rush of cold-running water brought by the atmospheric river in late October, Sonoma Creek, along with other streams across the Bay Area, saw a surge in flow giving Chinook, or king salmon, the perfect conditions to make their way upstream from the Pacific. The adult fish are now making their way from San Pablo Bay, swimming up Read More…