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Post 07/30/2014

Cowlitz River level dropped; Tacoma Power restoring flows

An issue with Tacoma Power’s system caused the Cowlitz River to drop about a foot near the Mayfield Dam at approximately 11 a.m. today.

Flows dropped from 4,580 cubic feet per second to 2,750 cubic feet per second. After realizing the error, Tacoma Power began restoring river flows and will continue to do so until the river is fully restored.
Post 07/28/2014

Cowlitz Fish Report for July 28

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,217 summer-run steelhead, 130 spring Chinook adults, 74 jacks, 219 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook adult, two cutthroat trout and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
Post 07/11/2014

Lower Columbia summer Chinook fishery will run through July 31

OLYMPIA - Starting July 11, anglers fishing the lower Columbia River can catch and keep summer chinook - along with sockeye salmon - through the end of the month.
Post 07/03/2014

Steelhead "recycling" to begin on the Cowlitz River

OLYMPIA - Anglers will get a second chance to catch up to 1,600 hatchery-reared summer steelhead moving through the Cowlitz River, thanks to a partnership between Tacoma Power and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Post 07/03/2014

Utilities sign agreement that will improve smolt collection in the Cowlitz River

Tacoma Power, Lewis County Public Utility District and Bonneville Power Administration have signed a long-term agreement that will improve natural fish runs in western Washington’s Cowlitz River. At the same time, Tacoma Power and Lewis County PUD have formalized an agreement to work cooperatively when the time comes to seek re-licensing from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for their respective dams in the Cowlitz River basin.
Post 05/28/2014

"Decision Documents" and FTC meeting summaries updated on Tacoma Power's Fisheries Technical Committee Web site

Tacoma Power recently added on its Cowlitz Fisheries Committee Web page these “decision documents”.
  • HOR Steelhead to upper Cowlitz River Basin
  • Coded-wire strategy: Cowlitz Falls Dam
  • 2014 Mayfield downstream fish survival study
  • 2014 Cowlitz Falls Dam FCE study
  • Cowlitz Falls Dam No. Shore Collector - 60% design approval
Also on that page are links to the Fisheries Technical Committee meeting summaries for January through April 2014 (and for previous years).

For more links to information about Cowlitz River fisheries plans, go to
this page at CowlitzFish.net