CDFW Moves to Prevent Fish Loss, Evacuates Fish at American River and…

CDFW News – With extreme drought conditions reducing the cold water supply available, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are moving the last rainbow trout out of the American River Hatchery to avoid future losses of young fish to rising water temperatures. CDFW biologists predict that by mid-summer the temperature of the water entering the hatchery will exceed tolerable Read More…

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Washington Post – In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean. Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon. “The drought conditions have Read More…

Fishing boats become salmon labs in Puget Sound

King5 – More than 40 scientists in U.S. and Canadian waters are catching batches of young salmon to find out why they can be so healthy in the rivers but begin to die off in Puget Sound. Studies show some species die at a rate of 80 percent from the time they leave their native river and get through the Sound to The Pacific Ocean. There are similar concerns all the way through the Read More…

Tribe fears hatchery work will lose funding

Yakima Herald – Most weekends in June, anglers can be spotted along the banks of the Yakima River, hoping to hook a spring chinook. Since 2001, there have been enough spring chinook most years for both tribal and sport fishing, thanks in large part to the Yakama Nation’s hatchery in Cle Elum. The innovative program was designed to help the wild population grow, unlike traditional Read More…

Dam work, fish, sediment: Researchers keep track of Elwha River…

Peninsula Daily News – The once-towering Glines Canyon Dam's days are numbered. The final 30 feet of the concrete goliath, which once stood 210 feet tall along the Elwha River, are expected to be gone by this fall as the dam removal portion of the $325 million Elwha River restoration project prepares to draw to a close. Park contractor Barnard Construction Co. Inc. cannot blast any Read More…

Lawsuit targets Delta water shipments

The Stockton Record – Environmentalists sued Wednesday to block proposed water transfers from Northern California to the drought-plagued south San Joaquin Valley, arguing that the plan fails to protect the fragile Delta. Under the federal government's plan, willing sellers in the north would allow water to flow down the Sacramento River into the Delta, where the giant export pumps near Read More…

Army Corps of Engineers to kill 16,000 cormorants on East Sand Island…

The Oregonian – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans Thursday to shoot and kill 16,000 double-crested cormorants on an island near the Columbia River's mouth starting next spring, in an effort to improve survival of endangered juvenile salmon and steelhead. The cormorants, black seabirds increasingly nesting on East Sand Island, feed on juvenile fish swimming out to the Read More…

Environmental groups say BDCP is a pack of lies

CVBT – A coalition of 28 environmental groups and Native American tribes says the 40,000-page draft environmental impact report and statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has “multiple failures to conform to state and federal laws,” among a litany of faults. The Environmental Water Caucus lays out the problems in a 250-page critique, being filed as part of the public comments Read More…

Team rescues steelhead trout in dried up creeks

ABC7 News – Rescue teams worked hard around the state to save steelhead trout, endangered by the continuing drought. The trout have been trapped in creeks and streams that are drying up. The idea was to relocate trout from Uvas Creek in Gilroy to the nearby reservoir, but the mission didn't quite go as planned. Uvas Creek is not easy to reach. Private property owners give permission for Read More…

Costly Russian River project to ease fish migration

The Press Democrat – The Sonoma County Water Agency will start construction next month on a complex, costly project on the Russian River that's designed to permit migrating fish to travel more safely and efficiently past the seasonal Mirabel Dam in Forestville. The $12 million project was initiated under a federal mandate to replace a deficient screen system meant to prevent fish from Read More…