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River Forecast Spring 2015

by Kyle Dittmer, critfc meteorologist/hydrologist Rising rivers due to snowmelt is one of many cues that the Creator tells us that spring is here.  The normal pattern of rising spring river levels is a cue to salmon smolts to move downriver as fast as possible, which...

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Celilo Falls in Winter

A recent report from the US Army Corps of Engineers included a number of historical photos from along the Columbia River. Among them was this rare photograph of Celilo Falls during the winter. The photo was most likely taken in the late 1940s to early 1950s. (Photo...

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How Tribal Fisheries are Set

The authority to set fishing seasons is an important responsibility of the Columbia River treaty tribes. The four member tribes created CRITFC partly to provide a forum where they could coordinate their fishery responsibilities and activities. CRITFC itself has no...

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Restoring Habitat on the M. Fork John Day

The Oxbow Conservation Area, located on the Middle Fork John Day River, exhibits critical habitat for Chinook salmon, Steelhead and Bull Trout. Dredge mining severely channelized the riverbed in the 1940s leading to a straightened channel and disconnected floodplain....

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The Changing Climate

For thousands of years, tribal cultures have been based on the First Foods that each came at their appointed time. Our calendars and travels were based on when these sacred foods—the salmon, the game, the roots, and the berries—were ready for harvest. Now, tragically,...

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2015 Water Supply Forecast

Despite off-and-on rain and snow since October, Columbia River basin weather patterns are coming back to normal, although it is still a little on the warm, dry side. In general, mountain snow stations show the water contained in Oregon and Washington snowpacks is 2"...

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2014 Year In Review

This year has been very busy for CRITFC and the tribes in regards to salmon, lamprey, river health, and treaty fishing. The record numbers of salmon returned to the Columbia River system was another indicator that the efforts to reverse the salmon decline are paying...

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