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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb. 14, 2003
Feb. 14, 2003

1. COUNCIL STAFF PROPOSAL BRINGS DOWN PROJECT SPENDING
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Intensive number crunching and a reliance on the capitalization of planned land acquisitions would push Columbia Basin fish and wildlife expenses under a $139 million spending limit without the need for large-scale project terminations, according to a proposal developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council staff. Read More...  

2. ISAB OFFERS 'DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE' ON FLOW AUGMENTATION
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The Independent Science Advisory Board says "a different perspective emerged" from its latest review of one of the Columbia River basin's most frequently debated topics -- the effect of flows on salmon and steelhead survival. Read More...  

3. REPORT: LAST 50 YEARS NORTHWEST WATER SUPPLY SHRINKING
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
A warming climate the past 50 years has, through early melting, relentlessly reduced the water content of the Pacific Northwest's springtime snowpack, straining the supply of water for drinking, irrigation and other uses during the region's typically dry summers, according to new research at the University of Washington. Read More...  

4. OREGON PANEL MULLS WOLF MANAGEMENT LEGALITIES
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
A "closed door" policy for gray wolves in Oregon would not be a viable or legal management plan, according to legal advice offered recently to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission by the state Attorney General's office. Read More...  

5. TRIBES FILE CHALLENGE TO COLUMBIA WATER WITHDRAWALS
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Three Northwest Indian tribes filed notices today (Feb. 14) with the Pollution Control Hearings Board of Washington that challenge water rights permits issued in January by the Washington Department of Ecology. Read More...  

6. CONGRESS OKS BPA BORROWING INCREASE; SALMON SPENDING
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Congress has finally passed an annual spending bill to fund most departments of government for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

The catchall appropriations bill for FY2003 includes a $700 million increase in the Bonneville Power Administration's borrowing authority as well as funding for numerous salmon recovery programs that were sought by Northwest members of Congress.
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7. WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE CRITICIZES PACIFIC SALMON FUND
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which provides matching grants to West Coast states and Columbia River tribes for habitat restoration and other projects, has come under fire from the Bush administration.

The White House Office of Management and Budget criticized the program for failing to target funds to help those species that are most at risk, not having program-wide performance measures and being slow to distribute grants.
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