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Mar 5, 2004

CORPS HOPES TO GO FORWARD ON DELAYED LOWER SNAKE DREDGING
Posted on Friday, March 05, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to make a decision by early April to move ahead with long-delayed plans for dredging lower the lower Snake River navigation channel and inland ports. Read More...  

PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION CHALLENGES THREE STEELHEAD LISTINGS
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST)
Upper Willamette River and Lower and Middle Columbia River steelhead listings are the latest legal targets of land and water user groups who say the federal government illegally split up fish populations in determining which deserve Endangered Species Act protection. Read More...  

BPA MITIGATION FUNDS BUY CONSERVATION EASEMENTS ALONG FLATHEAD RIVER
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST)
Those easements completed so far have cost $1.9 million, with $1,020,000 of
that coming from a BPA fish and wildlife program focused on mitigating for
habitat lost with the construction of Libby and Hungry Horse dams. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Farm and Ranch Lands Protection program also
contributed to the easement purchases.
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GILLNETTERS HIT THE RIVER; FEW FISH BUT GOOD PRICES
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST)
Clearer than normal river conditions meant poor fishing for the lower Columbia River gill net fleet Tuesday in what was their first full 2004 pursuit of returning hatchery-bred spring chinook salmon. Read More...  

ANOTHER BIG FALL CHINOOK RETURN PREDICTED
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST)
Last year's adult return of fall chinook salmon to the Columbia River exceeded everyone's expectations when 885,000 funneled up the river towards the Hanford Reach, the Snake River and hatcheries and spawning grounds elsewhere. Read More...  

CRITFC TRIBES PUT FORWARD THEIR ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE RIVER OPERATIONS
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2004 (PST)
As it has done in each of the past five years, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission offered up at this week's Technical Management Team meeting its version of how the Federal Columbia River Power System should be operated. Read More...  

TUGBOAT OPERATORS ASK FOR HIGHER POOL LEVELS ON LOWER SNAKE
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 (PST)
Citing an increase in dangerous shoaling in lower Snake River navigation channel, operators of commercial tugboats asked the Technical Management Team this week to allow pool levels at lower Snake River dams to remain one foot higher than minimum operating pool (MOP). Read More...  

BONNEVILLE DAM SPILL BEGINS FOR BIG USFWS HATCHERY RELEASE
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 (PST)
Spill began at Bonneville Dam Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. to provide safe passage past the dam for tule fall chinook released Monday from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Spring Creek Hatchery. Spill will continue for 96 hours to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6. Read More...  

WHITEFISH ANGLERS CATCHING ESA STEELHEAD FORCES WDFW TO CLOSE THREE RIVERS TO FISHING
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 (PST)
Fishing of all kinds will close March 5 on the Methow, Chewuch and Wenatchee rivers to protect upper Columbia River steelhead listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Read More...  

EPA APPROVES OREGON WATER QUALITY RULES; LEGAL ACTION EXPECTED
Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 (PST)
The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved in the nick of time new water quality standards submitted to the federal agency in December by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The water quality rules set new water temperature standards to protect salmon and trout, including some temperatures that are cooler than the state's previously approved standards and some that allow for warmer water. All are based on scientific data, the two agencies said.
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