Sockeye Struggling to Survive – Further Fishing Limits May Be Needed

A year that promised a near repeat of last year’s exceptional salmon returns has instead brought catastrophic losses to the Northwest. High river temperatures, caused by low snowpack and a lack of cold-water runoff combined with severe, prolonged hot weather, are punishing the returning fish, especially sockeye and sturgeon. River temperatures are 2 to 4 degrees higher than normal, and …

Richelle BeckSockeye Struggling to Survive – Further Fishing Limits May Be Needed
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Be Thankful For Northwest Dams

As I was driving across the state recently, from Olympia to Spokane, I could see from the windshield why farmers and others are worried about a drought this summer. There isn’t much snow in the mountains. A few days later Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency. Snowpack is just 16 percent of normal, the governor said, and officials …

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Snow Melts, Rain Falls, Rivers Form and Magic Happens in the Northwest

This spring, a fresh round of CleanHydro advertising is telling the story of hydropower dams and the incredible power of the Columbia and Snake Rivers to benefit our daily lives. You may have seen the new television ad “Snow Melts” that describes how, in the Northwest, when snow melts, rain falls and rivers form, something very special happens: renewable electric …

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