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Latest CBB News > Archives > January 11,
January 11,

1. CORPS SUBMITS NEW BIO ASSESSMENT FOR CHANNEL DEEPENING
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted to the National Marine
Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Jan. 3 a
biological assessment of impacts to salmon and wildlife if it were to
deepen the Columbia River shipping channel from Portland to Astoria by
three feet.
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2. EARLY COLUMBIA BASIN RUNOFF FORECAST NEAR NORMAL
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The memories of last year's Columbia Basin drought have not been washed
away, but near normal precipitation and snowpack accumulation to-date
means that hydrosystem operators, power users, fish managers and farmers
may be able to avoid some of the hard decisions of last summer.
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3. RIVER MANAGERS CONSIDER CHUM DEWATERING CRITERIA
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is recommending a cautious
approach to dam operations that support threatened lower Columbia River
chum spawning and emergence that begin in November each year and must be
maintained into the spring. That is a philosophy reflected in this
year's chum operations at Bonneville Dam, which adopted a lower
tailwater elevation than first proposed by fisheries managers.
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4. FLOW REGIME REQUESTED TO BENEFIT FRESHWATER COD
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The first system operations request (SOR) of the year for the Technical
Management Team asked for lower Kootenai River flows in Idaho and a
lower water temperature to protect burbot, a species little known in the
Northwest outside of the Kootenai River in Idaho and Kootenay Lake in
British Columbia.
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5. BIOLOGISTS EXPLORE SECRET LIFE OF BULL TROUT
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The aluminum boat cuts through night fog and the Flathead River, gliding
toward a specific bull trout that will be in a predictable place.

But its location only recently became predictable.

Extensive research, all conducted during daylight hours, generally shows
that bull trout prefer the cover of rocks and debris in deep water.
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6. CORPS SEEKS NEW DUMPSITES FOR RIVER MOUTH DREDGE SPOILS
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to open new dumpsites for
the sediment it collects when dredging the shipping channel each summer
at the Columbia River mouth.

Of the eight sites proposed, one new site would put dredge spoils
directly onto a Washington beach to counteract erosion, while another is
a shallow water site west of the North Jetty that the agency proposes to
use under a special provision of federal law.
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7. STRONG STEELHEAD, CHINOOK RUNS FORECAST IN 2002
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
Fisheries experts expect most spring and summer salmon and steelhead
returns to the Columbia River to be strong, though perhaps not in the
record numbers experienced this past year.
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8. FEDERAL JUDGE STOPS PLANNED SALVAGE TIMBER
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2003 (PST)
A Montana-based federal court judge on Monday stalled a proposal to
harvest 176 million board feet of charred timber on the Bitterroot
National Forest until the U.S. Forest Service complies with the federal
Appeals Reform Act.
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9. COMMENTS SOUGHT ON BONNEVILLE DAM FISH PASSAGE PROPOSAL
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a proposal to
construct and operate a juvenile surface collection and bypass system at
the Bonneville Dam's Second Powerhouse to improve salmon passage.
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