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Eye On Boise salmon archive

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

Republicans criticize spilling dam water to help salmon

Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to remove the four dams...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017

This photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game shows Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The number of the endangered fish that made it back this year is the second worst in the last decade but there are enough hatchery-raised fish to make up for the bad return.  (AP/Idaho F&G / Dan Baker)

Imperiled Idaho sockeye salmon run falters with poor return

The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the last decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program going. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said 159 of the federally protected fish arrived at the Sawtooth...

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MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

Bill in Congress seeks to block breaching of Snake River dams

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress that seeks to prevent the breaching of the four Snake River dams in eastern Washington state. The bill would keep in place the Federal Columbia River Biological Opinion until 2022. That's a plan created by a collaboration of federal agencies, states and tribes to protect migrating salmon...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Idaho utility seeks to negate Oregon fish passage law 22 

Federal authorities should negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River where it forms the border between Idaho and Oregon, a utility company says. Boise-based Idaho Power in a is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt the three-dam Hells Canyon...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016

THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016

In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, a fisherman stands in his boat looking across the Snake River near Homedale, Idaho. Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead. (Roger Phillips /Idaho Statesman via AP, File) (AP/Idaho Statesman / Roger Phillips)

Feds release recovery plan for Snake River salmon, steelhead 

Changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead, federal officials say; a proposed recovery plan from the National Marine Fisheries Service also said habitat needs to be improved in tributaries where fish spawn and...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2016

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2016

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Agencies start work on Columbia River fishing deal

Federal agencies are seeking public comments and negotiations are gearing up over how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing should be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries, the AP reports, as part of a long-term agreement to start in 2018. The current agreement,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2016

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook listing

The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities. The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites concerns Snake River fall chinook wouldn't remain viable...

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THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016

Judge: Plan for restoring NW salmon not enough

A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

Latest federal plan for Columbia salmon challenged

Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration's latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon, the AP reports. The challenge was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service, which oversees...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 6, 2010

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