Something Pretty Rare In The Columbia River – A Real Success Story About Sockeye Salmon In The Seattle Times

A gangbuster sockeye salmon run is returning to the Columbia River because of a novel idea – “just add water”.  Dah!  Fortunatley, if given the right conditions, wild salmon are highly resilient.

Access the entire article at: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024228208_spectacularsockeyexml.html  (thanks to Ken Harper with FWS for passing this along!)

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Tailings Dam Failure At British Columbia Mine Threatens Sockeye Salmon Run

A tailings dam breached at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia yesterday and has dumped toxic sludge into the Quesnel drainage, a tributary of the Fraser River.  The sockeye salmon will soon show up and there could be trouble ahead for them as they negotiate the impacted section on their way to the spawning grounds.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/sockeye+salmon+return+doubt+after+Quesnel+spill/10092584/story.html

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NOAA Study – Ocean Acidification Dissolving Tiny Snail Shells

Pteropods, tiny salt water snails, seem to be affected by the increasing levels of ocean acidity. These little creatures are consumed by salmon species, especially pink salmon; so there is the potential for indirect effects on salmon populations down the road as ocean acidification only worsens.

You can read the complete article at:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140430_oceanacidification.html

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Donlin Gold Environmental Impact Statement Army Corps Newsletter # 3

The Army Corp of Engineers recently released a newsletter updating the progress of the EIS process highlighting the various alternatives considered.

The Draft EIS is expected to be out about a year from now while the final is scheduled for some time in 2016.

The first two pages are shown here but the complete newsletter can be found on the Donlin Gold EIS web site at: http://donlingoldeis.com/Default.aspx

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