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Aug23

Dear Cathy McMorris Rodgers

July 12, 2017   Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U. S. House of Representatives (WA-05) Jaime Herrera Beutler, U. S. House of Representatives (WA-3) Dan Newhouse, U.S. House of Representatives (WA-4) Kurt Schrader, U. S. House of Representatives (OR-05) Greg...
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Jul28

Idaho scrambling to fill hatchery quotas of spring chinook

Idaho Fish & Game Scrambling to Fill Hatchery Quotas of Spring Chinook Abysmal run of fish to Clearwater River prompts use of nets and elite anglers to gather broodstock for hatcheries By Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune Idaho Fish and Game officials...
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Jul20

Steelhead numbers even lower than forecast

Fish counts at Bonneville Dam below that of 2016 By Eric Barer of the Lewiston Tribune July 14, 2017 By all accounts, 2017 was never supposed to be a banner year for steelhead The A-run is forecast to be a little better than last year’s dismal return...
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Jul18

State of the Snake 07/17/17

The State of the Snake River It’s the middle of July, 2017.  How is the salmon migration going?  A few lawmakers in the Pacific Northwest have been telling us how great the salmon recovery is going and how valuable the four lower Snake River dams...
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Jul14

Rising temperatures threaten lower Snake River salmon

July 2017 July has been a rough month so far for endangered salmon and steelhead migrating through the lower Snake River.  High air temperatures and lack of cloud cover have heated the reservoirs behind the four lower Snake River dams to 68 degrees and...
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Jul03

Sockeye & Steelhead return to Bonneville dam 07/03/17

Spring Chinook Salmon The spring Chinook run is over at Bonneville dam.  The final tally: 2017:  83,624 2016:  137,215 10 yr avg:  150,783 Summer Chinook Salmon Summer returns are now in progress at Bonneville dam: 2017:  63,253 2016:  81,652 10...
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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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