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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 16, 2004
Jan 16, 2004

JUDGE WANTS MORE ROLE FOR STATES, TRIBES IN BIOP REWRITE
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2004 (PST)
A judge told the federal government today (Jan. 16) that, even if it prolongs the process, he wants state and tribal representatives to be allowed more involvement in the processes now under way to build the scientific foundation for a new Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinion. Read More...  

PGE TO SPEND $9 MILLION ON FISH PASSAGE AT CLACKAMAS DAMS
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2004 (PST)
Portland General Electric will spend up to $9 million to improve anadromous fish passage at its four Clackamas River dams, beginning with the circa 1911 River Mill Dam near Estacada, Ore. Read More...  

WOLF EXPERT TELLS PANEL PACKS COULD BE IN OREGON SOON
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 (PST)
It’s hard to tell which will occur first – the western migration of gray wolves from Idaho or Oregon’s development of a plan to manage the predators.

With as many as three dozen “new” wolves on Idaho’s western border, packs could be established in northeastern Oregon within the year, an expert told members of Oregon’s Wolf Advisory Committee, meeting in La Grande Jan. 12.
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SUBBASIN PLANNING: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE MAY 28 DEADLINE?
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 (PST)
With efforts across the Columbia River basin steamrolling toward a May 28 subbasin plan submittal deadline, participants at the grass-roots level are beginning to wonder about the hereafter -- whether they'll have a role in any customizing of those plans and in the implementation the plans' fish and wildlife management strategies. Read More...  

SUBBASIN PLANNING POLICY GROUP SAYS NO TO EXTENDING MAY 28 DEADLINE
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 (PST)
Fearing that it would loose a flood of similar proposals, the Columbia River basin's Regional Coordinating Group this week chose not to endorse a request from the state of Oregon that the John Day planning group be allowed to stretch the deadline for submittal of its developing subbasin plan to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

WASHINGTON RELEASES DRAFT WATER QUALITY REPORT IDENTIFYING POLLUTED WATERWAYS
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 (PST)
According to the draft assessment, a total of 1,328, or 56 percent, of
1998's 2,362 polluted-water listings have been placed into other categories.
Fully 19 percent no longer show evidence of pollution. Still, because more
waters are being tested, the overall number of polluted water segments on
the list has increased slightly, from 2,362 to 2,682.
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CORPS COMPLETES CHANNEL DEEPENING RECORD OF DECISION; LAWSUIT PROMISED
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' director of Civil Works signed the final Record of Decision for the $136 million Columbia River channel improvement project and sent the ROD to Congress to be included in the federal government’s 2005 budget cycle. Read More...  

REPORT SAYS COLUMBIA RIVER INITIATIVE WATER WITHDRAWAL CARRIES $2 BILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 (PST)
An independent economic report prepared as a part of Washington's Columbia River Initiative process says that scenarios in which as much as one million acre feet of additional water would be diverted from the river would have "moderately large negative impacts on hydropower production" but "very large positive impacts on the agricultural economy." Read More...  

USFWS SAYS GRAY WOLVES CAN’T BE DELISTED UNTIL WYOMING CHANGES STATE LAW, WOLF PLAN
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today the process to delist the western population of gray wolves can begin once Wyoming approves key changes to state law and its wolf management plan.

At the same time, the FWS announced that wolf management plans developed by Idaho and Montana are adequate to maintain the population of gray wolves above established recovery goals.
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NORTON ANNOUNCES CHALLENGE GRANT PROGRAM FOR BASINS WITH WATER ISSUES
Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 (PST)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton today announced a $4 million Challenge Grant Program that will help areas of the West hard hit by chronic water supply shortages to develop conservation and water efficiency projects. Read More...  
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