Tag Archives: warmer water & salmon

Forcing Scott Pruitt To Protect Salmon from Climate Change

The ECOreport looks at how an environmental coalition is  forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change

By Roy L Hales

Though Scott Pruitt’s antiquated beliefs on climate change are no secret, the recent disclosure of 7,500 emails shows how closely the former Oklahoma Attorney General used his position to further them. According to Amy Attwood, endangered species legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, “No right-wing cause seemed to be off-limits to Pruitt’s public office as he focused on weakening protections for the climate and endangered species.” He is about to get another chance. Columbia Riverkeeper, Snake River Waterkeeper, Idaho Rivers United, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources have filed a suit forcing Scott Pruitt to protect salmon from climate change.

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Forcing EPA To Protect Salmon

The ECOreport looks into a legal action Washington state,  forcing EPA to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere have been salmon die-offs since the mid-1990s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was on the verge of addressing this issue more than a decade ago. Vested interests objected.  The idea was shelved until last year’s drought. After water temperatures rose 4 degrees above the lethal ceiling (68 degrees F), 96% of the returning adult sockeye died before they could pass beyond the Lower Granite dam. Now a coalition of environmental groups  is forcing EPA to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.
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Where Have All The Wild Salmon Gone?

The ECOreport asks Cec Robinson, a founder of the Cortes Streamkeepers, where have all the wild salmon gone?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSix to eight hundred adult Chum Salmon used to come up Hansen’s Creek. Now there are 30 in a good year and as few as 3 in poor ones. Though we were talking about Cortes Island, this is a common phenomenon along the West Coast of British Columbia. Where have all the Wild Salmon gone?

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The Willamette Should Have Enough Water For Humans

Though temperatures are expected to rise significantly over the next 85 years, the Willamette should have enough water for humans

Originally Published On Oregon State University News

CORVALLIS, Ore. – During the next 85 years, temperatures in Oregon’s Willamette River basin are expected to rise significantly, mountain snowpack levels will shrink dramatically, and the population of the region and urban water use may double – but there should be enough water to meet human needs, a new report concludes.

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Tribes Slam Water Plan for Klamath River

The US Government only plans to release half the water needed to prevent a significant adult salmon die-off in Northern California, so Tribes Slam Water Plan for Klamath River

Originally Published on Indybay.org

By Dan Bacher

The Hoopa Valley and Yurok Tribes criticized a federal environment assessment to release supplemental flows from Trinity Reservoir this August and September for not doing enough to prevent a fish kill on the lower Klamath River, since the proposal releases only half the water requested by scientists.

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The Drought’s Latest Victims

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s drought spread across most of the West Coast this year. There have been reports of record high temperatures, water shortages and increased ravages from wildfires. The Drought’s latest victims are salmon.

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Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon

California’s regulators have allegedly not complied with the laws protecting salmon and other fish, which has led to Feds & Waterboard Charged with Not Protecting Salmon.

Originally Published on indybay.org & the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

A prominent sportfishing group today formally charged the state and federal governments with violating numerous laws protecting salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species during the California drought.

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Drought Conditions are harder on sockeye salmon

This year’s lack of snow melt and record-high water temperatures are more than an inconvenience to some non-humans. Drought Conditions are harder on sockeye salmon

Originally Published on UBC News

The hot, dry weather is hard enough on people — but it’s even harder on sockeye salmon. As UBC biologist Tony Farrell explains, this year’s lack of snow melt coupled with record-high water temperatures mean sockeye salmon heading to the Fraser River to spawn might not make it at all.

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LNG, climate change and marine biodiversity

Ultimately, all fossil fuels need to be phased out concurrently to avoid the worst of climate disasters Connecting the dots between LNG, climate change and marine biodiversity

By Dr. Alejandro Frid

Q/ What is liquefied natural gas (LNG)?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed primarily of methane (85% or more)[a]. Industry ‘liquefies’ natural gas into LNG to improve transport and storage efficiencies. The liquefaction process is very energy-intensive and often fueled by natural gas. In BC there is an intention to increase the use of electricity from dams, such as Site C, for liquefaction[b].

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Feb 28 March to Protect West Oregon Forestlands & Waterways

Community members oppose Congressional plans to ramp up logging on local public forestlands

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Eugene, OR — On Friday, February 28 at 12 pm community members will march from the Knight Law School (15th and Agate St.) to the federal building (405 E. 8th Ave.) to show Oregon’s elected officials there is strong opposition to plans to increase logging on public forestlands in western Oregon. Community members are expected to reach the federal building by 12:45 pm where a brief rally with speakers will take place.
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