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Habitat Restoration to Benefit Threatened Chinook Salmon in the Willamette River Basin

NOAA is supporting McKenzie River Trust and other community partners to restore floodplain connectivity along Finn Rock Reach, restoring important habitat for Chinook salmon.
November 30, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A river flows through a wooded area A single, high-flow channel at Finn Rock Reach. Credit: NOAA.

New Voluntary Slowdown for Commercial Ships Aims to Quiet the Sound for Endangered Killer Whales

Reduced speed reduces underwater noise that interferes with killer whale foraging. Southern Resident Connections - Post 26
November 28, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Orca pod in Puget Sound with large ferry in the background Orca pod swims in the Puget Sound as a ferry transits in the background. Credit: Candice Emmons/NWFSC

Expanding Electronic Reporting Across the Pacific Ocean

Observers on the West Coast are transitioning from paper forms to a more efficient and accurate tablet-based system. 
November 17, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Observer in orange rain gear, with supplies walking on dock.

NOAA Veterans Corps: Progress by the Numbers

NOAA’s Veterans Corps partnerships are building on 10 years of growth, supporting habitat and fisheries restoration projects on the west coast.
November 08, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Two people stand on a grassy hill near a river Veteran Damon Jackson (left), a NOAA intern in Portland, Oregon, visits a restoration project on the Willamette River. Credit: NOAA

Intern Spotlight: Students Analyze Connection Between Skagit River Dams, Chinook Salmon, and Southern Resident Orcas

Summer assignment involved crunching decades of data on salmon and whales. Southern Resident Connections - Post 25
October 24, 2022 - Feature Story ,
People aboard a boat smiling at the camera Alexa Haucke (Left) and Jenna Callan (Right) touring the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project.