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Sockeye run’s return to Idaho is on par so far

Idaho’s imperiled Snake River sockeye run has nearly matched last year’s return but hasn’t paralleled the surprising performance of sockeye that return to the upper Columbia River Basin.

Farmers may soon get surface water

Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in hand for some of the farmers in what is known as the Odessa Subarea to move off wells and onto water from the nearby East Low Canal, east of Moses Lake.

Sullivan Lake flows to allow development

Water releases from Sullivan Lake will allow for more residential development in northeast Washington and provide additional stream flows for fish, wildlife and recreation. The Washington Department of Ecology and Pend Oreille County Public Utility District will sign an agreement for the releases today in Newport.

Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, DDT and other compounds at levels that pose health risks for people and the environment, officials said.

U.S. may limit fish hatcheries on Columbia

PORTLAND – Federal biologists will recommend four options for dealing with salmon hatchery programs that feed into the Columbia River Basin, the toughest of which would pull federal dollars from the programs. If that step is taken, the Oregonian newspaper reported, it would halve the number of Columbia Basin steelhead and salmon taken every year.

Salmon plan boosts protection, administration says

The Obama administration says it will be more aggressive in protecting declining Pacific Northwest salmon runs and will study breaching some dams as a last resort in a long-awaited management plan.