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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 23, 2004
Jan 23, 2004

TRIBES SEEK FUNDING FOR CONSERVATION LAW ENFORCEMENT
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council was asked this week to restore nearly $900,000 in funding for conservation enforcement activities that tribal officials say bring big rewards in terms of reduced illegal take of salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

FINAL EIS FOR PACIFIC SALMON FISHERIES MANAGEMENT OUT FOR REVIEW
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries has released for public review its "Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) for Pacific Salmon Fisheries Management off the Coasts of Southeast Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and in the Columbia River Basin." Read More...  

SMITH INTRODUCES SOUND SCIENCE ENDANGERED SPECIES BILL
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 (PST)
On the opening day of the second session of the 108th Congress, Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., introduced the Sound Science for Endangered Species Planning Act (S. 2009) which would require greater weight be given to field-tested and scientifically reviewed data when making decisions under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

SCIENCE PANELS REVIEW AGENCIES’ DRAFT MONITORING, EVALUATION PLAN FOR BIOP
Posted on Friday, January 23, 2004 (PST)
Two science advisory panels this week released their joint review of the federal agencies’ draft plan for evaluating the status of Columbia River basin salmonid stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act and monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation and conservation actions. Read More...  

CORPS MOVES FORWARD ON INSTALLING REMOVABLE SPILLWAY WEIR AT ICE HARBOR
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 (PST)
Funding "is a problem, a challenge" but a Corps of Engineers-led initiative to have a "removable spillway weir" operating at the lower Snake River's Ice Harbor Dam in time for the 2005 spring salmon outmigration remains on track, according to the Corps of Engineers' Witt Anderson. Read More...  

COUNCIL HEARS POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF REDUCED SUMMER SPILL PROPOSALS
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 (PST)
The financial windfall could be as high as $77 million and the biological loss as high as an estimated 19,000 Columbia River basin adult fall chinook salmon on average annually if hydrosystem "spill" for fish passage is turned off in July and August, according to analysis released this week. Read More...  

FIVE PUBLIC UTILITIES’ REFUSAL TO SIGN BPA AGREEMENT HALTS RATE DECREASE PLAN
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2004 (PST)
Five Northwest public utility districts (PUD) refused to sign a settlement agreement with other Northwest public utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration and investor owned utilities (IOU) that was strongly supported by the Northwest Congressional delegation.

The settlement would immediately have lowered BPA wholesale rates by pushing off payments to IOU residential and farm customers until fiscal year 2007 and after.
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JUDGE CITES CONCERNS ABOUT BIOP IMPLEMENTATION; FUNDING, MONITORING, STANDARDS, OFF-SITE PLANS
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 (PST)
As the rewrite of the biological opinion on the Federal Columbia River Power System's impact on salmon and steelhead survival hit its halfway point, the judge that ordered the remand is keeping a careful eye on the success the federal government is having at implementing the current “BiOp.” Read More...  

CONSERVATION, FISHERMEN GROUPS FILE SUIT CHALLENGING NOAA’S UPPER SNAKE BIOP
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 (PST)
Conservation groups and Pacific Coast commercial fishermen filed a lawsuit Jan. 16 asking a federal judge to declare illegal a NOAA Fisheries' biological opinion governing the operation of Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects in the Snake River basin. Read More...  

ESA-LISTED CHUM RETURN ESTIMATES FOR 2003 NEARING 2002 LEVEL
Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 (PST)
Estimates of the number of adult lower Columbia River chum returning to spawn in the river in 2003 could be nearly as high as returns in 2002, even while spawning in the Ives Island area downstream from Bonneville Dam was just 20 percent of the 2002 total. Read More...  
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