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Feb. 22, 2008

REDDEN REJECTS PROPOSED CHANGES TO 2008 RIVER OPERATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden today said he would turn aside suggested changes to a federal proposal that would dictate how the Columbia/Snake river hydro system will be operated to accommodate migrating salmon during the coming spring and summer. Read More...  

SEA LION COMMENTS IN; MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION SAYS MORE INFO NEEDED
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
Foes of a proposal to lethally remove salmon-eating California sea lions from the Columbia River have flooded the NOAA Fisheries Service with about 3,000 letters, while proponents continue to stress that such action is necessary to help the basin's beleaguered fish runs. Read More...  

COUNCIL APPROVES FUNDING FOR NON-LETHAL SEA LION HAZING
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
Financial help, though not as much as desired, is on the way for Columbia River basin states' and tribes' efforts to repulse an annual invasion of sea lions that prey on spawning salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

CONFLICT ARISES AGAIN OVER LIBBY DAM TEST SPILL FOR WHITE STURGEON
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is renewing its insistence on a test spill of water from Libby Dam to see if the higher flows have any biological benefits for the threatened Kootenai River white sturgeon. Read More...  

FALL CHINOOK RETURN FORECASTED TO BE DOUBLE LAST YEAR'S RUN
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
Fisheries experts expect 366,500 adult fall chinook salmon to return to the Columbia River basin this late summer and fall, which would break a three-year trend of declining runs and represent a near doubling of last year's total. Read More...  

SPRING CHINOOK HARVEST PLAN REDUCES GILL-NETTERS' CATCH, LIMITS DOWNSTREAM FISHING
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
Oregon and Washington fisheries managers late last week settled on a Columbia River mainstem fishing plan that reduces gill-netters' share of the 2008 spring chinook salmon harvest and confines, for the most part, both commercial and sport fishers areas upstream of the city of Portland. Read More...  

RESEARCHERS DOCUMENT LOW-OXYGEN AREAS OFF NORTHWEST COAST
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
A team of scientists studying the California Current -- a slow-moving mass of cold water that travels south along the coast from British Columbia to Baja California -- are seeing increasing areas of water off Washington and Oregon with little or no oxygen, possibly resulting in the deaths of marine animals that cannot leave the low-oxygen areas. Read More...  

SCIENTISTS SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE CREATING OCEAN ACIDIFICATION; IMPACTS FOOD WEB
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
Climate change is rapidly transforming the world's oceans by increasing the temperature and acidity of seawater, and altering atmospheric and oceanic circulation, reported a panel of scientists last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston. Read More...  

USFWS TO DELIST GRAY WOLF IN IDAHO, MONTANA, WYOMING
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
The gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains is thriving and no longer requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett announced Thursday. Read More...  

BPA ISSUES PROPOSAL FOR 2009 RATE CASE, ADDRESSES RESIDENTIAL EXCHANGE ISSUES
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration last week offered its initial proposal for the upcoming fiscal year 2009 rate case. Read More...  
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