Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rogue River dam removals....

Fielder Dam: targeted for removal   Photo: The Mail Tribune

Evans Creek dams on track for removal this summer

By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune
Apr. 11, 2015 

Project managers last week garnered a key state fish-passage permit that will help push other state and federal permits forward for removing the crumbling and abandoned Fielder and Wimer dams, which impede migrating wild salmon, including threatened wild coho.

"Everything's moving forward well to be able to do the removal this summer," said Bob Hunter of WaterWatch of Oregon, which has teamed with the Geos Institute and American Rivers to oversee the removal with the help of local conservation groups, angling clubs and state and federal agencies.

The key will be whether the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board approves a $462,845 grant request to round out the estimated $671,000 needed to remove both dams, Hunter said.OWEB staff have recommended to the full board that it approve the grant when it meets April 28 in Salem. The group already has secured $213,000 in federal grants and another $22,000 in in-kind services.

Removing the dams would create regular access to 16 miles of spawning habitat for wild fall chinook, 60 miles of spawning habitat for wild coho and more than 70 miles of wild steelhead spawning grounds, according to feasibility studies.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


LOST LAKE is FOUND! [just make certain you get to the right one...HINT: from Portland-head west on Hwy 26!]

WHEN: Saturday April 18, 2015
WHERE: Lost Lake [Clatsop County]
WHAT TIME: no clock here - mid morning around the boat ramp
WHAT to EXPECT: First day trip of the Season - Lost Lake is less than 30 feet deep and is divided into two parts by a small passage; it is a 15-acre natural forest lake nestled in the mountains. The lake has stocked  rainbows as well as larger holdovers - the bonus? A few steelhead. The lake is best fished with a pontoon boat or float tube.
Directions: drive west on highway 26 and turn off on the road to Henry Rierson Spruce Run Park on the Nehalem River. Just before entering the park, a gravel road (unsigned but known as the Lost Lake Road) takes off on the left. This road travels 5 or 6 miles to a parking area on your right. Just past the parking lot is an unimproved boat ramp. Andy hopes to be at the parking area by 10 a.m.!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pike? You don't say.....

First the squawfish [aka Northern Pikeminnow] was the big threat - but at least they are native - then various other warm water species thrived in the impounded river - bass, walleye; throw in some cormorants and sea lions and it looks like more than man is cashing in looking for a meal and good home:

From 2012 to 2014, more than 16,000 fish, or 38,000 pounds of northern pike, were netted out of Box Canyon Reservoir.  Photo: Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department
Washington Battling Major Threat to Columbia Salmon: pike

Washington is in a running battle with a sharp-toothed, voracious, predatory alien invader, the northern pike.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bracing for More Drought in West......cross-post

.....from  Trout Unlimited - Conserving coldwater fisheries:

Regionally 5% or less for the normal precipitation levels....TU's research scientist Helen Neville outlines the facts.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Americas Most Endangered Rivers

 American Rivers has released their 'Americas Most Endangered Rivers' listing for 2015:

1. Colorado River/Grand Canyon: industrial-scale construction, radioactive pollution, expansion of groundwater pumping cause this one to top the list.
2. Columbia River/Oregon: outdated dam operations moved us to No. 2.
3. Holston River/Tennessee: toxic chemical pollution.
4. Smith River/Montana: mining, acid mine drainage and toxic heavy metals.
5. Edisto River/South Carolina: agricultural withdrawal.
6. Chuitna River/Alaska: open pit coal mining near the headwaters.
7. Rogue/Smith Rivers: nickel mining
8. St Louis River/Minnesota: copper-nickel sulfide mining
9. Harpeth River/Tennessee: sewage/water treatment facilities
10. Pearl River/Louisiana: dams

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April at TVTU?

What winter? Springing rains and sporadic weather have arrived in time to keep us reminded about Oregon springtime! Keep that hat on tight - whether for solar protection, rain protection or keeping it out of the river due to a surprise wind gust - or all of the above in a ten minute span!

April is here - what will you be doing? Meetings, outings, conservation?..........

Monday, March 30, 2015

Interesting Pinnipeds information.....

“Sea lions-eye view” of the Columbia River at the Lewis and Clark Bridge between Rainier Oregon and Longview Washington. Photo: ODFW via National Geographic Critter Cams.

ODFW presentation on the California Sea Lion, Stellar Sea Lion and Harbor seals occupying areas of the lower Columbia River and major tributaries. It provides factual overview data on many of their studies including historical presence, populations, habits and diet including salmonids and sturgeon from the rivers. Provided with supporting information from:
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • National Marine Mammal Laboratory
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
  • Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Bonneville Power Administration 
Read more and find link.........

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Courts Rule on McKenzie Chinook

Spring chinook salmon at Trail Creek Dam on the McKenzie River. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)
Judge declines to limit chinook salmon release into McKenzie River
State must set a deadline for when it will reduce the releases

Original article:
By Christian Hill
The Register-Guard
March 18, 2015

U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Coffin ruled that the wildlife agency is complying with adopted plans intended to reduce harm to wild salmon and therefore can’t be held liable for an illegal “take” under the Endangered Species Act.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

With all the drought/climate discussions......

Bull trout (Photo by Bart Gamett, Salmon-Challis National Forest)
Study Develops Forecasts On Which Columbia Basin Streams Will Serve As ‘Climate Refugia’
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 (PST)
The “Climate Shield” study just published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology uses the high-resolution “Norwest” stream temperature scenarios developed from data contributed by more than 80 agencies with crowd-sourced biological datasets to develop accurate forecasts about specific streams that are most likely to act as climate refugia for native cutthroat trout and ESA-listed bull trout across the Pacific Northwest this century, said Dan Isaak, who along with Mike Young headed the research.