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Study: warm ocean hurts salmon in U.S. Pacific Northwest

Source: Xinhua 2017-03-16 SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 (Xinhua) — A new study suggests that anomalous ocean conditions two years ago, which led to the lack of food for juvenile Chinook salmon, may have resulted in significant mortality that will show in their return this year to the Columbia River.

Pacific Decadal Oscillation values, which reflect warm and cold sea surface temperatures, suggest 2015 was one of the warmest nearshore oceans encountered by migrating Chinook salmon dating back to at least […]

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Idaho irrigators back bills fighting Oregon fish plan

BOISE — Idaho irrigators are backing four bills in the state Legislature challenging the State of Oregon’s attempt to reintroduce endangered fish into the Snake River watershed upstream of the Hells Canyon Complex of dams.

For decades, the Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams — which provide about 30 percent of Idaho Power Co.’s total energy — have blocked the migration of anadromous salmon and steelhead trout, which once spawned in the upstream channel and tributaries.

The original federal license […]

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California, Oregon farmers lost water in 2001; now they want to be paid

HERALD STAFFSat Jan 28th, 2017 6:51pm By Michael Doyle

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation.

Years in the making, the trial set to start Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims near the White House involves a lot of money, but that’s not all. For other Westerners, too, it […]

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Oregon will defy joint fish management on the lower Columbia River

Jan 20, 2017 The Oregonian

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ripped a hole Friday in the 99-year-old fabric of concurrent fish management on the Columbia River.

With a split 4-3 vote, commission members defied the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s attempt to negotiate the long-contested Columbia River Management Plan. The plan required a switch from gill-netting to selective commercial fishing on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. It also gave priority allocation of mainstem salmon harvest to sport anglers.

Friday’s […]

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Gillnets on Columbia River: The long-standing debate roars back

 

January 15, 2017

Oregon and Washington’s plans for regulating commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River appear to be drifting apart, like an unmoored boat bobbing away from a dock.

Since 1915, the states have agreed on how to manage the salmon industry on more than 145 shared miles of the river – from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Five years ago, they decided they would phase out gillnets on the main channel of the Columbia by 2017 as […]

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Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights

AUBREY BETTENCOURT Executive Director, California Water Alliance 10:26 AM 01/13/2017

Within hours of the release of a potentially adverse federal court decision in late December, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) extended by two months the open public comment period for consideration of its Bay-Delta Plan.

Elements of its plan include an uncompensated mandate to increase flows on several major California rivers by depriving long-established water-rights holders of access to their water. Now a federal court says the […]

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Farmers score in battle over diverting Klamath River water for endangered species

BY MICHAEL DOYLE mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com

Northern California and Oregon irrigation districts have won a key round in a long-running legal battle as they seek compensation for their loss of water in the Klamath River Basin.

In a 53-page opinion, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Marilyn Blank Horn concluded the federal government’s 2001 diversion of Klamath River Basin water amounted to a “physical taking” of the irrigation districts’ property. Horn’s ruling Wednesday rejected the government’s argument that the diversion instead amounted […]

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Rescuers recover fish in Whychus Creek

8/23/2016 12:09:00 PM

By Jim Cornelius News Editor

A couple dozen volunteers and agency staff donned waders and hoisted nets along Whychus Creek Wednesday, August 17, in a large-scale fish recovery effort. The fish rescue was part of a recently launched stream restoration project along the northernmost mile of the Deschutes Land Trust’s Whychus Canyon Preserve.

The massive undertaking is recreating historic relic channels of the creek, which was channelized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 50 years […]

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River group sues PGE over dam operations

By Hilary Corrigan / The Bulletin Published Aug 17, 2016 at 12:03AM

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Portland General Electric plans to take several months to clarify its research in response to state concerns about the utility’s study of impacts to aquatic insects from its underwater withdrawal tower on the Deschutes River.Besides acting as a sort of canary in the coal mine for river ecosystems, the bugs feed birds and the fish that lure anglers for fishing — and have drawn attention as […]

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Water shutoffs start in upper Basin

By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News Staff Reporter May 27, 2016

who receive water diversions from Fort Creek are experiencing the season’s first water shutoffs.

According to Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Watermaster Tyler Martin, OWRD received a letter from the Klamath Tribes calling on their water rights on May 13.

The letter requested the department investigate stream flows at 13 upper Basin water monitoring stations. Martin said the only waterway that has been regulated is Fort Creek in Fort […]

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