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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb. 11, 2005
Feb. 11, 2005

HIGH TEMPS, LOW SNOWPACK: BASIN RUNOFF NOW AT 77 PERCENT
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
The prevalence of blue skies and warm temperatures this winter could cause storm clouds in spring and summer for Columbia Basin river managers as they attempt to divide what is likely to be a meager water supply between water users, hydro generators and fish. Read More...  

BUSH PROPOSES $571 MILLION FOR COLUMBIA BASIN SALMONID EFFORTS
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
President Bush’s proposed $2.57 trillion budget for Fiscal Year 2006, beginning Oct. 1, includes about $571 million for Columbia Basin salmon restoration efforts.

That’s a decrease of about 5 percent, from the $600 million approved by Congress and Bush for FY2005. Actual spending in FY2004 was $641 million.
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NORTHWEST DELEGATION FIGHTS PROPOSAL FOR BPA “MARKET” RATES
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
Both Democratic and Republican members of the Northwest’s congressional delegation vowed this week to defeat a new Bush Administration plan that they say could nearly double Northwest electricity rates. Read More...  

FORECASTED 2005 FALL CHINOOK RETURN FOURTH LARGEST SINCE 1964
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
Biologists anticipate that the Columbia River Basin will enjoy another robust run of fall chinook salmon this year, fortified by what is anticipated to be the fourth-largest "upriver bright" return since 1964. Read More...  

REC BUREAU RELEASES YAKIMA BASIN WATER STORAGE STUDY COSTS
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
A recently completed Bureau of Reclamation assessment of a proposed major new water storage reservoir in the Yakima River Basin – the Black Rock project – has tagged the total cost from about $3.5 billion to $4 billion. Read More...  

WDFW COMMISSION APPROVES CHANGES IN WILD STEELHEAD IMPACTS
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will have more flexibility in managing the commercial fishery for spring chinook salmon that gets under way later this month or in early March on the Columbia River following a relaxing of the state's policy incidental impacts on protected winter steelhead. Read More...  

REPORT ANALYZES ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF RESTORED FISH RUNS
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
Spending what is necessary to restore Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead runs would produce a $550 million annual economic boon, according to scenarios detailed in a report prepared by Boise economist Don Reading. Read More...  

WASHINGTON SEEKS STATEWIDE HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and the state's Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland jointly signed an application to the federal government for a programmatic, statewide Habitat Conservation Plan, calling it a landmark step toward protecting Washington’s streams and forests. Read More...  

BUSH INCLUDES CHANNNEL DEEPENING MONEY IN BUDGET REQUEST
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
President Bush this week announced that he is including $15 million for the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project – the channel deepening project -- in his fiscal year 2006 budget request. Read More...  

AFFILIATED NW TRIBES APPROVE BASIN FISH SPENDING RESOLUTION
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 (PST)
The 53-member Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians this week put their stamp of approval on a budget proposal prepared by Columbia River basin fish and wildlife managers that calls for a steady ramping up of spending over the next four years. Read More...  

 

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