Tag Archives: Columbia River

Oregon closes steelhead sanctuary off mouth of Deschutes to all fishing

Oregon has closed all fishing in the mouth of the Deschutes River and in a safety zone of the Columbia River around the Deschutes entry. The closure, enacted at the request of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, begins Thursday and is likely to remain in effect through late September. Source: Oregon closes steelhead sanctuary off […]
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Ocean salmon fishing closes Sunday off mouth of the Columbia River

An unexpectedly early and torrid coho bite off the mouth of the Columbia River this week will cause federal and state biologists in Oregon and Washington to close salmon fishing Sunday evening between Leadbetter Point north of Long Beach and Cape Falcon, near Manzanita. Source: Ocean salmon fishing closes Sunday off mouth of the Columbia […]
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Buoy 10 opens with lower forecasted runs

Warmer ocean conditions blamed. The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery began Wednesday on the Columbia River with modest fish run forecasts, new regulations and an effort to build the fishery up over time in upstream sections of the main stem. Forecasters expect 375,500 adult Chinook salmon to enter the Columbia this fall, about 80 percent […]
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Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Ask For Patience Ahead Of Further Talks

The 54-year-old treaty provides flood protection to Portland and smoothes out Northwest hydropower production. The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty provides flood protection to Portland and smoothes out Northwest hydropower production. Source: Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Ask For Patience […]
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Bill would allow killing 930 sea lions in Oregon, Washington to protect salmon

It’s known as the “Bonneville Buffet.” Below Bonneville Dam, located 40 miles east of Portland, Ore. in the Columbia River Gorge, sea lions, sometimes by the dozens, gather to feed on tightly packed schools of salmon jostling to climb a fish ladder on their way to spawning grounds farther up the river. Source: Bill would […]
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Feds come to rescue of Portland levee system

Twenty-seven-mile system for protecting Portland from Columbia River floods will get financial and technical help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In a major boost that could bring considerable federal resources this way, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday designated the Portland levee flood-control system for a New Start Feasibility Study. Source: […]
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Salmon fishery closes Saturday

Return lower than predicted. Fishermen won’t be able to keep any Chinook salmon they catch above Bonneville Dam starting Saturday after fish return numbers came in lower than predicted. Fishery managers in Oregon and Washington state have already closed adult Chinook salmon retention early in the lower Columbia River area downstream of the dam at […]
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Hydropower off McKay Dam washes out

Bill Hampton of Pendleton is giving up his idea of building a small hydroelectric generator at McKay Dam. The project would have produced 2 megawatts of power April through October, when the flow from the dam is higher. Hampton estimated the project would have cost $3 million to $4 million and generated 5.6 gigawatt-hours each […]
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House passes bill to cull predatory Columbia River sea lions

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday expanding the authority for Northwest states and tribes to kill sea lions in the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered salmon and steelhead. The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that would permit Northwest states and tribes to kill predatory sea lions feasting on […]
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Columbia River talks center on keystone of region’s economy

All eyes are on negotiators from the U.S. and Canada as they enter the next round of negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty. As they meet this summer to update the Columbia River Treaty, U.S. and Canadian negotiators hold Northwest farmers’ futures in their hands. The treaty was adopted in 1964 for the cooperative development […]
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