The Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Integrating energy and the environment in the Columbia River Basin

Next Council meeting: Mar 14-15, Council Meeting, Portland
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Lamprey Rescue
A 400-million-year-old species, Pacific lamprey, has cultural and environmental significance in the Columbia River Basin, where upriver populations have declined over time, in some rivers to zero. But research, artificial propagation, and dam-passage improvements for adult lamprey show promise of rebuilding the species.

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Lamprey Rescue
A 400-million-year-old species, Pacific lamprey, has cultural and environmental significance in the Columbia River Basin, where upriver populations have declined over time, in some rivers to zero. But research, artificial propagation, and dam-passage improvements for adult lamprey show promise of rebuilding the species.


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Unveiling the Estuary
Better understanding of how juvenile salmon use the Columbia River estuary as they journey to the Pacific Ocean, and what factors influence their survival once they arrive, could inform management decisions about how fish are raised in fresh water hatcheries and when they are released.

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Unveiling the Estuary
Better understanding of how juvenile salmon use the Columbia River estuary as they journey to the Pacific Ocean, and what factors influence their survival once they arrive, could inform management decisions about how fish are raised in fresh water hatcheries and when they are released.


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Northwest Forecast for Electricity Demand Growth Is Flat
Although the Council focuses on the medium and long-term outlook for electricity demand in the Northwest, it’s useful to check in to see what our neighboring regions are expecting and to gain insight into the forces that can recast forecasts over time.

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Northwest Forecast for Electricity Demand Growth Is Flat
Although the Council focuses on the medium and long-term outlook for electricity demand in the Northwest, it’s useful to check in to see what our neighboring regions are expecting and to gain insight into the forces that can recast forecasts over time.


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Mussel Strategy
Non-native, invasive freshwater mussels pose "a grave threat to the waters and economic resources" of the state, Governor Steve Bullock said last fall, and now the state has a plan to respond quickly if and when the invaders take hold.

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Mussel Strategy
Non-native, invasive freshwater mussels pose "a grave threat to the waters and economic resources" of the state, Governor Steve Bullock said last fall, and now the state has a plan to respond quickly if and when the invaders take hold.


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A Plan for Scientific Research
Scientific research is critical to improve knowledge and help guide decision-making about projects that implement the Council's fish and wildlife program. For the first time since 2006 the Council is updating the plan that guides research funded through the program.

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A Plan for Scientific Research
Scientific research is critical to improve knowledge and help guide decision-making about projects that implement the Council's fish and wildlife program. For the first time since 2006 the Council is updating the plan that guides research funded through the program.


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Daily Bonneville fish count

Feb 21
Chinook Adult 0
Steelhead 23
Wild Steelhead 10

More fish counts at Fish Passage Center

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