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Latest CBB News > Archives > March 9, 2001
March 9, 2001

1. BPA: NOT ENOUGH WATER FOR POWER, FISH, AND RESERVES
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration in two forums this week described a
water supply situation that barely supports the federal power system and
has little if any water left to aid endangered salmon this spring and
summer.

"We are now hitting close to rock bottom," BPA Administrator Steve
Wright told the Northwest Power Planning Council Wednesday ...
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2. COUNCIL RUNS THE NO-SPILL NUMBERS ON FISH IMPACTS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Two preliminary Northwest Power Planning Council studies that look at
the power situation and its effects on endangered salmon found that the
cost to the region of spilling water to pass migrating salmon this year
would be high, but the benefits would be low.
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3. BASIN WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK DROPS AGAIN
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The forecast for how much water is available in the Columbia and Snake
river systems to use for power, endangered species preservation,
recreation, irrigation and navigation -- January through July -- dropped
again this month to 58.6 million acre feet. If trends hold, this year
could have the second worst water supply outlook on record. Only 1977,
which had a water supply of 53.8 maf, was worse.
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4. LOW WATER COULD MEAN CHUM FLOWS END NEXT WEEK
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Chum fry incubating in the Ives and Pearce islands channel downstream
from Bonneville Dam could be the first casualty of this low-water year.
So far, about half the fry have emerged from their nests and left the
area, but the last of the fry aren't expected to complete emergence
until mid-April.
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5. NW HOUSE MEMBERS LOBBY FOR POWER PRICE CONTROLS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Ten Northwest House members last week requested a meeting with President
Bush's energy task force to lobby for federal price controls on
wholesale electricity sales in the West.

In a letter sent to Bush on Tuesday, Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and 25
other members from Washington, Oregon and California urged him to
reconsider his opposition to using temporary price caps to ease the
region's energy crisis.
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6. COUNCIL SEEKS NEW, COORDINATED COLUMBIA MAINSTEM PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Deciding now is as good a time as ever, the Northwest Power Planning
Council decided Wednesday to launch the next phase of its Columbia Basin
fish and wildlife program amendment process with a request for
recommendations on a coordinated mainstem plan.
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