Low water levels in streams and waterways have prompted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to temporarily halt fishing in the Crooked River and Ochoco Creek. The fishing closure is scheduled to begin Saturday and last until at least Oct. 31.
Columbia Basin Bulletin – ODFW OPENS GRANDE RONDE RIVER FOR HARVEST OF ONCE EXTINCT COHO; THIRD TIME SINCE REINTRODUCTION IN 2017
Starting Saturday, Sept. 24, anglers will be able to harvest coho salmon in the Grande Ronde River for the third time since they were reintroduced in 2017.
Columbia Basin Bulletin – PACIFIC NORTHWEST GROUPS URGE ACTION ON MODERNIZING COLUMBIA RIVER TREATY, CONCERNED ABOUT UNCERTAINTIES OF ‘CALLED-UPON’ OPERATIONS
The current, 58-year-old treaty has only two priorities: maximizing hydropower production and engineered flood control. The 32 conservation, civic and faith organizations are calling on U.S. leaders to add Ecosystem Function – the health of the river and its ecosystems – as a third primary purpose of the Treaty.
The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Chiloquin will add nearly 3,200 acres of new marsh and grasslands for expanding key habitat for migrating birds.
Nitrogen from fertilizer, compost or manure is critical for farmers, who apply it to their fields, but too much can have unintended consequences. Crops can only absorb so much of it, allowing excess nutrients to leach down into groundwater.
Columbia Basin Bulletin – PNNL REPORT DETAILS HOW HYDROPOWER PERFORMS DURING SEVERE U.S. WEST DROUGHTS, MAINTAINS 80 PERCENT OF AVERAGE GENERATION
The megadrought in the Southwestern United States is the driest—and longest—in the last 1,200 years, depleting water reservoir levels to critically low levels over the past 22 years. This persistent drought has policymakers and system planners concerned about the reliability of the electric grid under worsening drought conditions and climbing temperatures.
Columbia Basin Bulletin – TRACKING COASTAL STEELHEAD MIGRATION; INNOVATIVE RESEARCH COULD HELP PRIORITIZE HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECTS
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers wrapped up a project this summer that could have important implications for how fishery managers design future coastal steelhead fisheries and prioritize habitat restoration projects.
Pacific Northwest groups representing conservation, clean energy, wildlife, fish and other interests are urging U.S. officials to modernize the Columbia River Treaty to avoid what they describe as an ecosystem collapse.
Though it fluctuates from year to year, the clarity of Crater Lake has remained uncompromised for decades. But other changes are afoot, many of them wrought by a warming climate. Some of these changes have profound implications for the lake’s ecology — and perhaps for its iconic appearance.