Summers in the Northwest have been getting hotter over time; combined with dam impoundments, this is bad news for migrating salmon and steelhead.
Pacific Lamprey, prized by Northwest tribes along with salmon, are considered an important species in the Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, which calls for action to improve lamprey migration success, survival, and growth.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout the basin play a critical role in gaining the support of private landowners to implement habitat projects on their properties.
Hatcheries and fish screen projects will be receiving $450,000 from the cost savings placeholder.
Projects in this category review include hatchery operation and maintenance, fish screen operation and maintenance, habitat restoration, and monitoring and evaluation.
Record-breaking temperatures scorched the Pacific Northwest in June as a heat dome settled over the region. While heat domes aren’t unusual, the magnitude and intensity of this one caused temperatures to spike well into the triple digits from Vancouver, Canada to Portland.
“We’re trying to do something we’ve never done before,” said Fish and Wildlife Director Patty O’Toole. “We’re trying to provide a more comprehensive and wholistic understanding of how the entire program is working.”
Sometimes, habitat restoration is as simple as putting back what you took away. For years, it was common practice to remove woody material from streams to increase river flows for human purposes—moving logs and irrigating crops, for example.
The Council approved maintenance funding for a select number of hatcheries and fish screens, addressing non-routine maintenance at the Lake Roosevelt, Umatilla, and Eagle hatcheries, and fish screens in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Lake Pend Oreille fishing has never been better, thanks to Idaho's successful predator management.