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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 6, 2004
Feb 6, 2004

COMPACT AGREES TO FISHING STRATEGIES FOR SPRING HARVEST
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 (PST)
The Columbia River Compact on Thursday agreed to a plan that it thinks will maximize sport and commercial access in the coming months to the hatchery-reared portion of what is expected to be the second largest return of spring chinook salmon to the Columbia River on record. Read More...  

FISH MANAGERS REACT, DISCUSS SUMMER SPILL ANALYSIS
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 (PST)
Fisheries managers were skeptical this week of an analysis provided by federal agencies that look at seven scenarios for summer spill.

The analysis concludes that eliminating spill at Columbia River dams in July and August would reduce adult chinook salmon returns by 19,000 fish, but gain the Bonneville Power Administration as much as $77 million in revenue it now forgoes when it spills water over dams.
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FISHERIES MANAGERS LOOK AT DETAILS OF SUMMER SPILL ANALYSIS
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 (PST)
Fisheries managers said this week that an analysis that looks at alternatives to summer spill that was completed by the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, with technical help from NOAA Fisheries, still needs work. Read More...  

GROUP SETS PROJECT PRIORITIES FOR CORPS’ FISH MITIGATION PROGRAM
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 (PST)
Aside from a couple adjustments suggested by salmon managers, the System Configuration Team this week endorsed a Corps of Engineers' plan for cutting back the fiscal year 2004 Columbia River Fish Mitigation Program budget even while adding in $5.8 million to further the Ice Harbor Dam removal spillway weir project. Read More...  

WDFW PURSUES AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY TO REDUCE HUMAN-COUGAR ENCOUNTERS
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 (PST)
In the four weeks since a cougar killed one cyclist and attacked another in California, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has continued to pursue an aggressive strategy to reduce human conflicts with the Evergreen State's own population of big cats. Read More...  

IMPACTS ON SALMON ENDS PROPOSAL TO DRAIN LAKE CASCADE TO RESTORE FISHERY
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 (PST)
The Bureau of Reclamation and Idaho Department of Fish and Game have jointly decided to discontinue operational changes at Lake Cascade in central Idaho which called for draining the reservoir next year.

Further study indicated that such an action could have significant negative impacts on flows for endangered and threatened salmon.
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FEDS RESPOND TO STATE, TRIBAL COLLABORATION PROPOSAL FOR BIOP REWRITE
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 (PST)
State, federal and tribal scientists are ready to take the first step in an effort to collaborate in the development of the technical underpinnings for NOAA Fisheries' next assessment of whether the survival of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead is threatened by federal hydrosystem operations. Read More...  

FORECAST SAYS BASIN RUNOFF JANUARY TO JULY TO BE 95 PERCENT OF NORMAL
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 (PST)
Despite a relatively stormy January across much of the Columbia River basin, the rising snowpack -- needed to feed rivers and streams and fill reservoirs -- only managed to keep pace with historic averages.

The February "early bird" forecast issued Jan. 30 by the National Weather Service's Northwest River Forecast Center predicts that runoff from January through July, as measured at The Dalles, will be 102 million acre feet of water or 95 percent of normal.
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WASHINGTON SETS MINIMUM STREAMFLOW REQUIREMENTS IN SIX WATERSHEDS
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 (PST)
The Washington Department of Ecology has launched an effort to start setting minimum stream-flow requirements in six watersheds for the first time by the end of June 2005.

The department also will consider amending existing flow requirements in four watersheds, enhancing stream flows in three more watersheds and help local planning groups in four Lower Columbia basin watersheds develop minimum-flow recommendations for the first time.
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NW SCIENCE CENTER RELEASES DRAFT HABITAT IMPROVEMENT PAPERS FOR COMMENT
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has released for comment the first of several draft documents intended to address whether improvements to estuarine and tributary habitats can improve the population status of salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  
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