Olympic, Washington - To protect fish during the ongoing severe drought, an emergency closure of recreational fishing will be enacted on Monday, August 10 at 12:01 a.m. on most rivers and streams within Olympic National Park. Current conditions have made Pacific salmon, steelhead and bulltrout exceptionally vulnerable because of low stream flows and high water temperatures.

Yellowstone National Park - In coordination with partner agencies Montana Fish, Wildlife &Parks, Wyoming Game &Fish Department, and the US Forest Service, has approved a project to remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek and reintroduce Yellowstone cutthroat trout into the stream as part of continued efforts to restore Yellowstone's native fish population.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Mississippi River delta is a rich ecosystem of barrier islands, estuaries, and wetlands that’s home to a diverse mix of wildlife - as well as more than 2 million people. Over the past few decades, the shape of the delta has changed significantly, as ocean waves have carved away at the coastline, and marshes lacking new river sediment have submerged habitats.

Fresno, California - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact assessing the proposed issuance of a five-year Warren Act approval for conveyance of up to 1,000 acre-feet of non-Central Valley Project water per year from the Kaweah River through the Friant-Kern Canal to the Stone Corral Irrigation District.

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of DamWatch, a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety.

Sacramento, California - Spring-run Chinook salmon could return to their historic spawning habitat on the North Yuba River under a still-developing agreement involving three agencies and three conservation groups. Working together as the “Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative,” the coalition released a framework for such an agreement today.

Seattle, Washington - More than 1,000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper published in Science finds that rivers are resilient and respond relatively quickly after a dam is removed.