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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 20, 2004
Feb 20, 2004

DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE ON FISH PROJECT SPENDING FOR 2004-2006
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 (PST)
The fiscal year 2004 fish and wildlife program budget is predicted to reach unprecedented levels because of Bonneville Power Administration accounting policies and management, say project sponsors, Northwest Power and Conservation Council staff and at least some Council members. Read More...  

FISH MANAGERS GET SPLIT DECISION ON WINTER RIVER OPERATIONS
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 (PST)
Fisheries managers at the Technical Management Team meeting this week proposed threshold criteria designed to help TMT make in-season decisions about when attraction spill is needed for wild steelhead at Bonneville Dam and when to turn off nighttime zero flow at lower Snake River dams. Read More...  

STATES SEEK HIGHER ‘INCIDENTAL TAKE’ OF WILD STEELHEAD DURING CHINOOK HARVEST
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST)
An official request sent Feb. 13 by the states of Oregon and Washington to NOAA Fisheries requests that greater impact or "incidental take" be allowed on protected, wild winter steelhead during the course of commercial fisheries targeting returning hatchery-raised chinook in the lower Columbia River. Read More...  

CORPS MODELING LOOKS AT FLOOD CONTROL, FLOW TARGETS
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST)
Armed with a final February water supply forecast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed its first of the year model runs, known as QADJ, that helps the agency set flood control targets at storage dams and allows it to predict the chance of early year and spring flows in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Read More...  

SPRING CREEK HATCHERY RELEASE TO USE NEW BONNEVILLE DAM CORNER COLLECTOR
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to release smolts from its Spring Creek Hatchery upstream of Bonneville Dam in early March. This year, instead of providing a safe passage through the dam using spill, as has been done in past years, the hatchery fish will largely travel through the newly completed $50 million corner collector at the dam's second powerhouse. Read More...  

COUNCIL PONDERS SUBBASIN PLAN ‘RESPONSE LOOP’ PROCESS
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST)
Northwest Power and Conservation Council members this week pondered the adequacy of a newly developed "response" process to address policy and science issues unearthed during technical and public review of subbasin plans soon to be delivered from across the Columbia River basin. Read More...  

BONNEVILLE GIVES NPCC UPDATE ON FINANCIAL CONDITION
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration is about where it expected it would be financially through the first quarter of fiscal year 2004. Even though revenues are slightly down, cost savings are keeping the federal power marketing and transmission organization in the black. Read More...  

CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH PLAN PROVIDES VISION, BUT NEEDS FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 (PST)
The federal government should implement its revised strategic plan for climate change research as soon as possible, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council.

The committee that wrote the report said the plan is "much improved," broader in scope, and more ambitious than a previously reviewed draft, but commitments to fund many of the newly proposed activities are lacking.
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