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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan. 11, 2008
Jan. 11, 2008

NOAA ASSESSING THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF COMMENTS ON DRAFT BIOPS
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries Oct. 30 draft biological opinions on Columbia/Snake River hydro projects and Upper Snake River irrigation projects fill more than 2,100 pages, including appendices and the BiOps' scientific foundation, the "Supplemental Comprehensive Analysis." Read More...  

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR COLUMBIA RIVER CONTAMINATION CASE
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a request that it consider whether an appellate court erred in ruling that a Canadian company can be penalized for dumping mining slag into the Columbia River that ultimately skittered downriver across the border. Read More...  

BPA SAYS REQUEST TO INCREASE F&W SPENDING NEEDS NEW INFORMATION
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
Fiscal year 2007-2009 fish and wildlife project funding decisions stand, at least for now, according to a Dec. 31 letter from the Bonneville Power Administration written in response to suggestions that an additional $28 million might be needed to meet "critical needs." Read More...  

MONTANA CONCERNED ABOUT CANADA'S REVIEW OF PROPOSED FLATHEAD MINE
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
The Canadian federal government recently announced that it will review a coal mine proposed in British Columbia's Flathead drainage, but it's a review that falls short of what Montana officials wanted. Read More...  

RECENT STORMS BUMP WATER FORECAST TO 95 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
A series of December storms pumped up Columbia-Snake river basin snowpacks, though not enough to enable the federal Northwest River Forecast Center to predict a full water supply for fish, farmers and other water users this spring and summer. Read More...  

RECENT STORMS BUMP WATER FORECAST TO 95 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
A series of December storms pumped up Columbia-Snake river basin snowpacks, though not enough to enable the federal Northwest River Forecast Center to predict a full water supply for fish, farmers and other water users this spring and summer. Read More...  

CONCERNS RAISED OVER PURGING HYBRID FISH IN SOUTH FORK FLATHEAD DRAINAGE
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioner intends to end a controversial project aimed at purging hybrid fish populations from alpine lakes in the South Fork Flathead drainage. Read More...  

USFWS SAYS BROADER ESA LISTING FOR PYGMY RABBIT MAY BE WARRANTED
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the pygmy rabbit may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species following a review of a petition seeking to protect the pygmy rabbit under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

BPA REACHES 1,000 MW MILESTONE IN DELIVERING WIND POWER
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration says that, for the first time, the amount of wind power being delivered to customers via its transmission lines has exceeded 1,000 megawatts. That amount of electricity is enough to meet average electricity demand for approximately 680,000 Northwest residences. Read More...  

KENNEWICK STUDIES STORING COLUMBIA RIVER WATER UNDERGROUND
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 (PST)
The city of Kennewick has entered into an agreement to receive up to $1 million from the Washington Department of Ecology to study how to store millions of gallons of Columbia River water in basalt formations under Southridge in Benton County. Read More...  
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