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Study looks at 0ff-channel habitat contribution to Columbia River basin salmon production

Off-channel habitat created in a river’s flood plain – sloughs, beaver ponds, wetlands and side channels – can play an important role in salmonid production.

$1.8 million grant to study climate change impacts, upper Deschutes

The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, with the largest grant going to the upper Deschutes River basin in central Oregon.

Summer salmon fisheries scheduled; large sockeye return anticipated

Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River basin.

BPA's Columbia basin mitigation costs pegged at $682 million for 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration said it incurred $682.4 million in total fish and wildlife costs during fiscal year 2013, a total derived in great part by the need to buy and sell power and operate dams with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead passage up and down the federal Columbia/Snake River hydro system.

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Latest federal plan for Columbia salmon challenged

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration’s latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon.

Sea lions leave Bonneville Dam; impact well below high predation years

California and Steller sea lions that have in recent years congregated in springtime below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam to prey on passing salmon and steelhead, as well as white sturgeon and other fish species, have for the most part moved on to other business, according to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers researchers studying pinniped impacts on protected fish stocks.

Two new Oregon wolves fitted with tracking collars

GRANTS PASS — State biologists are busy trapping the growing wolf population in northeastern Oregon and fitting them with tracking collars.

Research develops genetic tools to aid In recovery of pacific lamprey in Columbia river basin

A set of 96 genetic markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), winnowed by Columbia River basin researchers from a list of 4,439 previously identified in Pacific lamprey could help give researchers insights into the lives and life influences faced by the diminished, but highly valued, fish species, according to a research paper made available last week online.

Cherry Fruit Fly emerges in The Dalles

Cherry Fruit Fly models developed by Oregon State University indicate that the cherry fruit fly emerged in The Dalles Monday, May 19.

Canvassers seek stream comments

New rule would ‘clarify’ Clean Water Act protection targets

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Walden: Scrutiny needed on species regulation

A federal agency’s proposal to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species, despite evidence to the contrary, is an example of how grazing rights are being threatened on public lands, according to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.

Activist disputes accusation of fee gouging

The Center for Biological Diversity disputes the allegation by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and others that environmentalist groups are raking in billions from federal court battles.

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A Place for Cattle

Careful grazing can improve the health of forest land, says longtime advocate

Health district tackles climate change

Over a period of two years, staff from North Central Public Health District participated with members of Oregon Health Authority and four other Oregon counties to focus on climate change in their respective regions and how it might affect the health of citizens.

Spring Chinook moving through Wanapum Dam’s modified fish ladders; trap/haul at Priest Rapids

Modified fish ladders at central Washington’s damaged Wanapum Dam on the mid-Columbia River appear to be doing the trick for adult spring Chinook salmon headed upstream on their spawning journey.

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