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Wanapum Dam Crack

Wanapum Dam Crack

On February 27, 2014 a 65-foot fracture was discovered on the upstream side of Wanapum Dam’s fourth spillway pier. The fracture was originally two inches wide but was reduced to about one inch after the reservoir was drawn down 30 feet. This new level is below the...

Sea Lion Season

The spring chinook will soon be returning to the Columbia River. Unfortunately this also means we can expect sea lions soon, too. Traps and hazing boats will be back on the river to deter them, however there is a strong likelihood that sea lions will still have an...

A Safer River for All

Paul Lumley, CRITFC Executive Director The 1970s was a time of great increases in Indian self-determination and rights advancement. In 1977, the four Columbia River treaty tribes formed CRITFC to exert their sovereignty in terms of fishery management and to ensure...
2014 Water Supply Forecast

2014 Water Supply Forecast

Kyle Dittmer, CRITFC Hydrologist/Meteorologist Normally the Pacific Northwest receives large volumes of snow and rain from October through March. The mountain snowpack is the source for spring-summer runoff that feeds the rivers. What happens if that moisture does not...