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US Protections for Salmon, Steelhead Remain in Place

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After a five-year review of the data, U.S officials have determined that the ocean-going salmon and steelhead populations in the Snake River need continued protection under the Endangered Species Act. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the decision.

The decision to continue listing these fish under the ESA supports the improvement of habitat, fish passage at dams, and improved hatchery practices. No mention was made of removing dams throughout the Snake River.

You can find more information about the decision here.

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Yellowstone’s Volunteer Fly Fishing Program

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altJosh Bergan put together this wonderful overview of the Yellowstone Volunteer Fly Fishing Program that’s slated to resume in 2023. If you’ve ever wanted the chance to fish some of Yellowstone’s most storied waters, this volunteer opportunity might be for you. Volunteers assist in gathering necessary data to help inform fisheries managers of the goings-on within the park’s many rivers and streams.

You can read the full story here.

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Public Comment Period for Madison River

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The Madison River Work Group is seeking public comments about proposal for new commercial use and recreation management policies on the Madison River in Montana. As the river has become increasingly crowded, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has created a 12-person work group to address the issues surrounding the Madison.

You can learn more about the specific recommendations, and leave your own comments, here.

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Klamath River Dams Approved for Removal

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altAccording to Sonia Waraich of the Times-Standard in Eureka, California, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced its recommendation to approve the Klamath River Renewal Corporation’s proposal to remove the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No.2, and Iron Gate dams off the Klamath River.

Removing these dams on the Klamath River could begin early next year, and bodes well for conservation in the area.

You can read more about the decision to remove the dams here.

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