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2009-03-09 09:45:00

A federal judge said on Friday that the federal agency in charge of saving salmon in the Columbia River Basin from extinction should have a plan in place to remove dams on the lower Snake River if necessary, the AFP reported. There has been a long running dispute over how to balance energy and utility needs in the Columbia Basin with salmon and steelhead populations. U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden said he has not eliminated the possibility that the hydroelectric dams could come...

2008-12-31 07:25:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA) will be donating a truckload of potatoes and apples to the White Center Food Bank (10829 8th Ave SW) in Seattle on Tuesday, January 6th. The donation came about as a result of a meeting a couple of months ago that CSRIA had with Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-Vashon, 34th Legislative District), who then helped connect the association to the White Center Food Bank. "As we fight through this recession,...

2008-12-05 09:41:26

Attempts to avoid dams decrease survival in adult fishScientists have discovered that management efforts intended to assist migrations of salmon and steelhead trout can have unintended consequences for fish populations. Juveniles that are transported downstream on boats can lose the ability to migrate back to their breeding grounds, reducing their survivorship and altering adaptations in the wild.Transportation programs have been in place for over three decades to improve the survival of fish...

2008-10-06 15:00:17

By Bill Lee The Seattle Times, Sept. 30: Retired Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez and his wife Holli stand to provide valuable assistance in efforts to encourage more minority students to attend college and steer at least some of them toward a teaching career. The Martinez Foundation has two goals. First, to get more minority students, particularly Latinos, to choose college by offering scholarships and other help. The second, which is equally important, is to diversify the teachers corps...

2008-09-08 09:00:24

IDAHO FALLS (AP) -- The South Fork of the Snake River is flowing at more than 10,000 cubic feet per second, the highest rate measured in decades on Sept. 1. In recent years, the river that cuts through southeastern Idaho typically drops to 8,000 cfs by the end of August. But Mike Beus, a Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist, says irrigation demand and water supply is allowing for the higher flows. The river flowed at 13,100 cfs on Sept. 1, 1966. That marked the last time the river, which is...

2008-09-03 09:00:21

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- The South Fork of the Snake River is flowing at more than 10,000 cubic feet per second, the highest rate measured in decades on Sept. 1. In recent years, the river that cuts through southeastern Idaho typically drops to 8,000 cfs by the end of August. But Mike Beus, a Bureau of Reclamation hydrologist, says irrigation demand and water supply is allowing for the higher flows. The river flowed at 13,100 cfs on Sept. 1, 1966. That marked the last time the river,...

2008-08-04 12:00:00

By Andrew Weeks, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Aug. 4--Sometimes nature can use a little boost. High water levels and faster flows along parts of the Snake River -- such as the Hagerman stretch below Lower Salmon Falls Dam -- is giving a boost to young steelhead trout and salmon as they make their way to the Pacific Ocean. "That's why the water is up," said Randy McBride, owner of High Adventure River Tours in Hagerman. Water levels along McBride's 10-mile float tour, from...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 26--The first sockeye salmon of the year returned to the Sawtooth Valley on Friday, and fisheries biologists are hoping hundreds more will follow. So far, 814 sockeye have been counted at Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston and are heading for Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Hatchery near Stanley. Last year at this time, only 52 sockeye had crossed Lower Granite, and four eventually returned to the Sawtooth Valley. The run of sockeye...

2008-07-25 21:00:21

By ERIK ROBINSON The federal license for Merwin Dam and three other Lewis River power projects has been renewed for 50 years. Pacific Power will get into the fish transportation business by the end of 2012. For 77 years, a 313-foot-high concrete plug has stopped the migration of salmon and steelhead in the North Fork of the Lewis River. That will change under a set of new hydroelectric operating licenses issued by federal energy regulators. The old licenses expired in 2006, and the...

2008-07-25 15:00:40

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 25--Pacific Power will get into the fish transportation business by the end of 2012. For 77 years, a 313-foot-high concrete plug has stopped the migration of salmon and steelhead in the North Fork of the Lewis River. That will change under a set of new hydroelectric operating licenses issued by federal energy regulators. The old licenses expired in 2006, and the utilities had been operating on year-by-year renewals since then....


Latest Snake River Reference Libraries

Tentacled Snake, Erpeton tentaculatum
2013-10-07 09:56:54

The Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum) gets its name from the two fleshy rostral appendages (tentacles) located on the snakes snout. This unique feature allows for simple classification of the species and makes it one of the most easily recognizable snakes on the planet. Each scale-covered tentacle measures less than a quarter inch (4-5 mm). You may also hear this species referred to as the Fishing Snake or the Tentacled Fishing Snake because the species is strictly piscivorous, meaning...

Mole Snake, Pseudaspis cana
2013-10-07 09:34:45

The Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) is a South African species of snake in the Colubridae family. Like a majority of this family, the mole snake is non-venomous, although it can be quite aggressive and has been known to cause severe bite wounds. Although the young have dark markings and spots, a fully developed mole snake is usually mostly one color. Colors may vary from brown, grey, yellow and black. The Mole Snake may grow up to lengths of almost seven feet. Interestingly enough, the color...

2012-06-14 13:09:30

Symbol: PHINI Group: Dicot Family: Brassicaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   PHDII Physaria didymocarpa (Hook.) A. Gray var. integrifolia Rollins Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:WY Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta –...

Idaho Ground Squirrel, (Urocitellus brunneus)
2012-04-23 06:30:00

The Idaho ground squirrel (Urocitellus brunneus), also called the Idaho Spotted ground squirrel, is one of the largest of the ground squirrel breed. It has two subspecies, both located in Idaho. Both the northern and southern Idaho ground squirrels have a sexual diphorism, where the males are usually larger than the females. This ground squirrel species generally weighs between .3 pounds and .4 pounds, with an average length of 9.2 inches. They hibernate from eight to nine months a year. The...

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2007-03-14 20:02:42

The Utah sucker, Catostomus ardens, is a sucker of the family Catostomidae found in the upper Snake River and the Lake Bonneville areas of western North America. This is a large fish, up to 25.59 in (65 cm) in length. Relatively elongate for a sucker, the back area between the head and dorsal fin is somewhat elevated. The mouth is entirely under the snout, with thick lips, of which the upper lip has eight rows of coarse papillae, the second and third rows from the inside being...

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