Administration Report Describes Harm Of Dams To Columbia Basin Tribes, White House Sets Up Task Force To Coordinate Basin Salmon Recovery

June 21st, 2024

The Biden Administration this week released a controversial “Tribal Circumstances Analysis” acknowledging the harm 11 Columbia and Snake river dams have inflicted and continue to inflict on Columbia Basin Native American Tribes.

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WA Fish/Wildlife Commission Gets The Skinny On Columbia River Shad; ‘We Don’t Even Know If Shad Obstacle To Salmon Recovery Or Not’

June 21st, 2024

More than 1.6 million American shad have been counted at Bonneville Dam this year as of June 17 and a few of the non-native fish have even been counted as high in the river basin as Lower Granite Dam, the uppermost of the four lower Snake River dams, and Priest Rapids Dam in the mid-Columbia. For more than a decade they have outnumbered all other anadromous fish entering the river combined.

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Basin Summer Water Supply? Record Low Snowpacks In The North, Above Normal Southern Idaho, Dalles Dam Runoff 77 Percent Of Average

June 21st, 2024

Across most of the Columbia River basin, May brought cooler than normal weather with a mix of precipitation totals. Although providing a respite from this year’s typically lower than normal precipitation and higher than normal temperatures, water supply forecasts continue their downward trend into the summer months, according to the NOAA Northwest River Forecast Center June briefing.

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Canada Says Will Ban British Columbia Open Net-Pen Salmon Aquaculture By 2029, Developing Transition Plan For ‘Closed Containment’

June 21st, 2024

Aimed at protecting wild Pacific salmon, Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced this week that the Canadian Government will ban open net-pen salmon aquaculture in British Columbia coastal waters by June 30, 2029.

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Infrastructure Law Funding Restores Habitat On Section Of Oregon’s McKenzie River, Redds Showing Up

June 21st, 2024

NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation says the agency and its partners are increasing numbers of threatened Upper Willamette River Chinook salmon by restoring habitat in Oregon’s McKenzie River watershed.

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Upper Snake Flow Augmentation For ESA-Listed Juvenile Salmon Migration At Three-Year High

June 7th, 2024

Although water supplies throughout the Columbia River basin are generally in the 75- to 80-percent of normal range, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is saying that flow augmentation water out of the upper Snake River this year will amount to 471,000-acre feet of water.

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