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Fish, off

Spring Chinook numbers uncertain in Lower Columbia River Spring is over on the Columbia River — for now. A lower-than-expected count of returning spring Chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam delayed or closed a number of fisheries in Oregon and Washington state last week and now an updated forecast has cut the total predicted run size […]
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Westland Irrigation District backs out of potentially lucrative Central Project

The Westland Irrigation District has backed out of the Central Project, which would have delivered Columbia River water to farmers. The Westland Irrigation District is abandoning years of work to secure additional water from the Columbia River in order to defend a lawsuit filed by patrons alleging “massive misappropriation” of senior water rights. Source: Westland […]
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Fisheries managers forecast ‘unprecedentedly low’ summer steelhead

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is forecasting just 131,000 summer steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is forecasting dramatically low returns of summer steelhead to the Columbia and Snake rivers, which will likely result in fishing restrictions for Northwest anglers. Tucker Jones, Columbia River program […]
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Editorial: Bad salmon run hints at trouble ahead

Low numbers are a result of ‘The Blob’ Count backward three years and we come to 2014 — precursor to this spring’s extremely poor salmon returns. Fewer than 45,000 adult spring Chinook and about 5,300 immature jacks have been counted at Bonneville Dam, compared to 10-year averages of about 135,000 and 21,000. Source: Editorial: Bad […]
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Mosier derailment: No pollution in Columbia, groundwater tests continue

Nearly a year after a fiery train wreck in Mosier leaked thousands of gallons of oil into soil near the Columbia River, environmental regulators are still keeping tabs on contamination levels in groundwater near the site. Source: Mosier derailment: No pollution in Columbia, groundwater tests continue | Hood River News

High flows, cool temps play havoc with salmon forecast

Recreational fishery set to open this weekend postponed Oregon fishery managers have postponed a catch-and-release salmon and steelhead fishery on the Columbia River set to open this weekend, and say abnormal water conditions this spring have flung them, and their ability to predict what will happen next, into new territory. Source: High flows, cool temps […]
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Epic snow and rain help salmon now, but conflicts with hydropower lie ahead on Columbia River

This year’s strong spring flows through the Columbia River come amid a high-stakes conflict over how much water should be used to help salmon migrate over the dams rather than run through hydroelectric turbines. In this year of epic snow and rain, the Columbia River is a formidable sight, thundering over spillways at Bonneville Dam […]
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Agency mulls commercial spring chinook season on Lower Columbia

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission on May 5 deliberated — but took no vote — on whether a commercial tangle-net spring chinook salmon fishery would be acceptable this year in the lower Columbia River. Washington and Oregon have slightly different polices for managing the Columbia River, the result of the Columbia River reforms process that […]
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Dams avoid flooding across much of Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring snowpack as it comes off the mountains. The system of dams is keeping the massive Columbia and Snake River system under control as rain combines with snowmelt to fill reservoirs around the Pacific Northwest. Source: Dams avoid flooding across much of Pacific Northwest – – Capital Press

Spring Chinook season is open

Spring Chinook season is open Spring Chinook season opened in Hells Canyon April 22 from the Dug Bar boat ramp to the boundary below Hells Canyon Dam. Snake River spring Chinook are making their way up the Columbia River headed for Hells Canyon. Source: Spring Chinook season is open – Hunting/Fishing – Wallowa County Chieftain