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Dropping Water Supply Forecast Signals Drought Conditions Over Much Of Columbia Basin; Grand Coulee Sixth Lowest On Record

May 17th, 2024

Water supply forecasts across the Columbia River basin dropped again this month with very low forecasts in the upper basins of Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, signaling drought conditions in those areas. That could impact summer flow augmentation out of Idaho’s Dworshak Dam which aids migrating juvenile salmon and steelhead. Dry conditions could also result in low water levels at Flathead Lake in Montana, where recreational boating was impacted last year.

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NE Oregon Sees Outbreak Of Poisoning Cases That Includes Wolves, Cows, Eagles, Dogs, Cougar, Coyote

May 17th, 2024

Oregon investigators found a cow carcass laced with poison in a creek in the Imnaha River drainage. The target was likely a wolf, the latest poisoning in a disturbing trend that has killed 19 wolves in Oregon since 2015. Whatever the target, the collateral damage in northeast Oregon’s ongoing poisoning cases now includes golden eagles, dogs, and other carnivores.

Plan Approved For Pulses Out Of Libby Dam To Encourage ESA-Listed Kootenai River Sturgeon To Move Upstream, Spawn

May 17th, 2024

Due to a low May water supply forecast that is 5.129 million-acre feet (April – August), 84 percent of average, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion for Kootenai River sturgeon allows a volume of 0.8 MAF to be used for augmenting spring sturgeon flows. Volume forecasts of 4.8 to 6 MAF puts this year’s operations into a Tier 2 category. A water supply forecast of less than 4.8 MAF would be Tier 1 and would allow no augmentation for sturgeon.

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Lower Snake Dam Breaching: NW House Republicans Introduce Package Of Bills To ‘Protect These Critical Pieces Of Infrastructure’

May 17th, 2024

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA, and other Northwest House Republicans have introduced a package of seven bills that, if signed into law, would make breaching of the four Lower Snake River Dams nearly impossible, develop alternatives to fish and wildlife funding to mitigate costs to Bonneville Power Administration ratepayers, and order the Army Corps of Engineers to acquire acoustic sound technology to deter pinniped salmon predators above and below the Bonneville Dam.

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