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Feb 27, 2004

SPRING CREEK RELEASE WILL TEST SPILL; CORNER COLLECTOR
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration this week agreed to four days of spill at Bonneville Dam to help a release of juvenile tule fall chinook travel safely past the only dam between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service' Spring Creek Hatchery and the Columbia River estuary. Read More...  

BPA’S ‘SOUNDING BOARD’ LOOKS AT NPCC FISH PROGRAM BUDGET
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2004 (PST)
A Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife program budget already facing stress is not a likely target for cuts as the Bonneville Power Administration searches for $100 million in savings and/or "revenue enhancements" in fiscal years 2004 and 2005. Read More...  

FISHING, CONSERVATION GROUPS GIVE NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE IF BIOP SPILL REDUCED
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Fishing and conservation groups this week began to lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the federal agencies that operate Columbia River hydroelectric system, and the one that markets its power, should they opt to reduce summer spill or carry out other operations that threaten the survival of protected salmon. Read More...  

NEW GROUP, COALITION FOR SMART SALMON RECOVERY, SEEKS END TO SUMMER SPILL
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Organizations representing agriculture-employers, utilities, businesses and other Columbia River users have joined hands with the stated goal of forcing more "cost effective" implementation of basin salmon restoration efforts -- beginning with the immediate elimination of the summer hydrosystem spill program. Read More...  

FISH AGENCIES, TRIBES, CONSERVATION, FISHING GROUPS SAY REDUCED SPILL ANALYSES FLAWED
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Weighing in on a proposal to reduce or eliminate spilling water during summer months, environmental groups and fish and wildlife agencies -- with the notable exception of the State of Montana – said that the analyses of a half-dozen spill options is insufficient and doesn't support the proposed changes. Read More...  

NPCC URGES FEDS TO MAKE TIMELY DECISION ON SUMMER SPILL EVALUATION PROPOSAL
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Frustrated with an ever-slipping schedule, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Wednesday launched a letter to the region's top federal officials asking for quick action on research proposals designed to test the biological benefit of hydrosystem spill in late summer to facilitate passage for migrating salmon. Read More...  

NEW CLIMATE CHANGE MODEL HAS DIRE PREDICTIONS FOR NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Global warming will diminish the amount of water stored as snow in the Western United States by up to 70 percent in the coastal mountains over the next 50 years, according to a new climate change model released last week. Read More...  

USFWS ANNOUNCES $25.8 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR HABITAT RESTORATION, PROTECTION
Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2004 (PST)
Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced today $25.8 million in cost-share grants to help private landowners conserve and restore the habitat of endangered species and other at-risk plants and animals. Read More...  

PUBLIC HEARINGS SET ON PLAN TO REDUCE TOTAL DISSOLVED GAS IN MID-COLUMBIA, LAKE ROOSEVELT
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 (PST)
A plan to reduce harmful "total dissolved gas" in the Mid-Columbia
River and Lake Roosevelt will be discussed at two public hearings, one on March 10 in Spokane and another on March 11 in Wenatchee.
Read More...  

NINTH CIRCUIT DISMISSES APPEALS OF HOGAN’S RULINGS IN COASTAL COHO ESA LISTING CASE
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 (PST)
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected an appeal of a Portland federal court judge's opinion that has forced an almost complete re-evaluation of how NOAA Fisheries decides whether Pacific Coast salmon should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  
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