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Jul03

Lower Snake Summer Passage Report 7/3/17

Spring Chinook The spring Chinook run has come to an end on the lower Snake River.  The finally tally for 2017 was dismal compared to last year and the 10 year average, with a 56% decline. 2017:  27,357 2016: 62,050 10 yr avg:  62,403   Summer...
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Jun22

Policy Considerations, June 2017

Policy Considerations:  How and Why Breaching the Four Lower Snake Dams Can Happen This Year 1.   The Corps of Engineers has inherent fiduciary responsibilities to insure existing projects continue to provide economic benefit, do not harm the environment...
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Jun13

Lower Snake Passage Report 6/13/17

Spring Chinook Salmon The spring Chinook salmon run continues on the lower Snake River.  As of 6/11/17, 20,617 spring Chinook adults had passed Lower Granite Dam on their journey east to spawning grounds in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.  In 2016, 58,602...
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Jun13

Clearwater Basin Chinook season closure

Spring chinook fishing closed in Clearwater Basin No summer season is planned in drainage except for Lochsa River By ERIC BARKER of the Lewiston Tribune   Idaho fisheries managers pulled the plug on spring fishing in the Clearwater Basin on Monday...
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Jun12

Bonneville Passage Report 06/12/17

Spring Chinook At Bonneville Dam, the spring Chinook run ended on May 31st.  The run started late due to river conditions and never fully recovered.  The final number of adults across the dam was 83,624.  This is a 39% reduction from last year and...
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Jun09

HR 2083 targets the wrong source of salmon mortality

HR 2083 “Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act” On June 8th, 2017, a legislative hearing was held regarding HR 2083.  The purpose of this bill is to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered...
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Jun09

Puget Sound Orca/Snake River Salmon Connection

‘Most’ everything in this article is correct, except that the conclusion is wrong.  It was written by the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club.  Too much spill kills salmon and the incremental benefit to more spill is minimal at this point....
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May30

Little Goose Dam maintenance issues killing salmon

2017 Incidents at Little Goose Dam on the Lower Snake River A short summary of issues jeopardizing salmon recovery since April 11th Incident #1 On April 11th, the first juvenile salmon and steelhead deaths at Little Goose Lock and Dam were reported. This...
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May26

Bonneville Dam Chinook & Steelhead returns, 5/26/17

CHINOOK SALMON As of 5/25/17, the current and recent past counts of Spring Chinook Salmon that have completed passage of Bonneville dam and entered the Columbia River system are: 2017:  69,046 2016:  128,949 10 yr avg:  141,414 As a result of the...
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May26

Fisheries managers move to protect B-run steelhead

Washington, Oregon mull rolling closures, while Idaho adopts wait-and-see policy By ERIC BARKER of the Lewiston Tribune Washington and Oregon are poised to implement rolling closures of the steelhead fishery from the mouth of the Columbia River to the...
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