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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan. 9, 2004
Jan. 9, 2004

NOAA RELEASES PRELIMINARY DRAFTS OF FOUR WHITE PAPERS TO BE USED IN BIOP REVISION
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries has released for public comment four preliminary drafts of “Technical Memoranda,” or “white papers” that summarize some of the key science to be used in rewriting the 2000 Biological Opinion for the federal Columbia River hydropower system. Read More...  

PUBLIC HEARING SET ON WATER QUALITY EFFECTS OF WANAPUM AND PRIEST RAPIDS DAMS
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST)
Making sure the Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams do not degrade water
quality in the Columbia River will be the subject of a public hearing on
Grant County Public Utility District's application to re-license its dams.
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PARTIES COMMENT ON PROPOSED SCOPE OF WASHINGTON’S COLUMBIA RIVER INITIATIVE EIS
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 (PST)
Those who want to make sure that fish have all the water they need and those who believe agriculture should be the first priority in any new Washington water resource management strategy got a chance in recent weeks to reinforce their points with the state Department of Ecology. Read More...  

SNAKE RIVER FALL CHINOOK PROGRAMS SHOWING RESULTS IN ADULT RETURNS
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2004 (PST)
An aggressive tribal supplementation program, and good timing, has resulted in a burgeoning fall chinook return to the Snake River, where populations teetered for decades on the brink of extinction. Read More...  

BASIN SNOWPACK TOTALS RUNNING ABOVE NORMAL; WATER SUPPLY FORECAST A BIT BELOW AVERAGE
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2004 (PST)
While the extreme winter weather of recent days has produced hand-wringing in many parts of the basin, it and other storms over the past month have produced hope that a plentiful supply of water will be available next spring and summer for farms, hydropower production and fish. Read More...  

SO FAR, ESA-LISTED CHUM SPAWNING NUMBERS 21 PERCENT OF LAST YEAR
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 (PST)
The number of chum spawning in 2003 in the Ives Island area below Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River is a fifth of the 2002 record total.


The number of the species that spawn in the lower Columbia River has been growing over the past several years, culminating in 2002 with 6,194 Lower Columbia River chum counted by biologists in the Ives Island area. However, the most recent cumulative count on Dec. 12, 2003 found just 1,381 live chum, 22 percent of the 2002 count.
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CORPS USES DWORSHAK WATER TO HELP MEET COLD WEATHER POWER DEMAND
Posted on Wednesday, January 07, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased flows at Dworshak Dam, located on the North Fork of the Clearwater River, to about 8,000 cubic feet per second to help power the Northwest during this week's cold spell that saw temperatures drop to near zero in Western Idaho and eastern Oregon and Washington. Read More...  

USFWS REJECTS REQUEST TO LIST EASTERN SAGE-GROUSE AS ENDANGERED
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday (Jan. 5) announced that a petition to list “eastern” sage-grouse as endangered failed to show these grouse are either a subspecies or a distinct population segment from other sage-grouse populations. Read More...  

CORPS PORTLAND DISTRICT DETAILS PROJECT SPENDING FOR FY 2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 (PST)
The Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to receive about $186 million of the $4.7 billion national budget for civil works projects included in the Fiscal Year 2004 Energy and Water Development Appropriation Act recently signed by President Bush.

The Corps’ Portland District will use the funds for projects in the Rogue, Willamette, Columbia, and Cowlitz river basins.
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CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS MAJOR FLOODING A POSSIBILITY FOR REGION
Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2004 (PST)
A major winter storm expected to lash the Pacific Northwest in the next 24 hours with snow and freezing rain might be only the prelude to more serious weather problems to come, experts say, because an old-fashioned “pineapple express” is bearing down on Oregon and Washington, and a serious flood could be the result. Read More...  

 

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