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Groups Petition NOAA Fisheries To List Washington’s Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Under ESA; Dramatic Declines Since 1980s

September 29th, 2022

NOAA Fisheries is nearing a deadline in determining whether it should consider listing as threatened or endangered Olympic Peninsula summer and winter steelhead. All populations of steelhead on the peninsula have continued to decline since 2017 and run sizes have been so small that Washington closed fisheries on coastal rivers early this year, according to a recent petition to list the steelhead.

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Corps Revokes Permit Over Lake Pend Oreille Marina, Housing Development Due To Impacts On Listed Bull Trout

September 29th, 2022

In response to litigation from the Center for Biological Diversity and Idaho Conservation League, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to revoke its permit for a marina and lakeside housing development at the mouth of Trestle Creek on Lake Pend Oreille due to impacts on bull trout listed under the Endangered Species Act. The creek accounts for more than half of the annual bull trout spawning sites in the Pend Oreille Basin.

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Oregon Approves Permit For 290-Mile New Transmission Line From Columbia River To Southwest Idaho; Existing Connections Too Full During Peak Power

September 29th, 2022

Oregon’s Energy Facility Siting Council on Tuesday approved a permit to build the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line across five eastern Oregon counties. The line will move power between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, helping meet customer needs during peak seasons. Construction is expected to start in 2023.

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