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Latest CBB News > Archives > March 7, 2003
March 7, 2003

1. FEDERAL AGENCIES LAY OUT SALMON RECOVERY BUDGETS
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
Federal agencies this week revealed that overall they will spend more in 2003 and 2004 for Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead recovery activities than they did in 2002. Read More...  

2. FIRST YEAR TEST RESULTS PROMISING FOR SPILLWAY PROTOTYPE
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
A final tally of data from last spring's initial test of a "removable spillway weir" at the Snake River's Lower Granite Dam shows that the device attracts young salmon and steelhead better, is more efficient in its use of water and sends the juvenile on their way faster than other means of passage, including spill. Read More...  

3. UNUSUAL FISH MIX HAMPERS COLUMBIA COMMERICIAL FISHERY
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
One after another, lower Columbia River commercial fishers trooped to the microphone to describe the effects of state and federal rules they say are preventing their industry from capitalizing on what is expected to be a bumper crop of returning spring chinook salmon. Read More...  

4. DISCUSSION MOVES FORWARD ON IMPLEMENTING MASS MARKING
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
The author of a new requirement that all hatchery salmon and steelhead be physically marked before release signaled this week he is willing to be flexible in how federal officials carry it out.

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., met privately with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Steve Williams and also discussed the issue with him briefly during a congressional hearing on the agency's proposed FY2004 budget.
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5. COUNCIL MAY DECIDE NEXT WEEK ON NEW FLOW/SPILL PROPOSAL
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is expected next week to decide whether or not to approve amendments for the Columbia River mainstem portion of its fish and wildlife program.

The Council meets Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12, in Whitefish, Mont.
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6. NOAA FISHERIES FORMS NEW DIVISION OF SALMON RECOVERY
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has created a new division at the agency's Portland office that will focus on developing plans to recover salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Read More...  

7. DOUGLAS PUD GETS $950 MILLION BILL FROM COLVILLE TRIBES
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
A small public utility that owns a big mid-Columbia River dam was surprised by an invoice of over $950 million from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation charging the utility for the use of tribal lands since the dam first flooded the Columbia and Okanogan river basins. Read More...  

8. CORP OFFERS STATES EXTRA TIME ON CHANNEL PROJECT
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the timeline the states of Oregon and Washington have to respond to the federal agency's coastal zone consistency determination for the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project. Read More...  

9. USFWS GIVES PYGMY RABBIT ENDANGERED SPECIES STATUS
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday added the Columbia Basin population of the pygmy rabbit to the federal list of endangered species, after determining that the population meets the agency's criteria to be listed as a distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

 

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