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March 10, 2006

FEDS DEFEND FISH PASSAGE CENTER DECISION IN NINTH CIRCUIT
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration struck the proper balance in following a congressional directive to no longer fund the Fish Passage Center while staying within Northwest Power Act guidelines, according to a March 3 federal filing in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read More...  

PARTIES URGE REDDEN TO REJECT TIME EXTENSION FOR BIOP REWRITE
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
The federal government, Northwest states, upriver tribes and utility interests all feel that more than a year's time might be needed to produce a legal and biologically sound biological opinion judging impacts of Columbia/Snake hydroelectric projects on protected salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

SEA LION SLIPS THROUGH AGAIN; FURTHER HARASSMENT CONSIDERED
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
The California sea lion labeled C-404 by federal and state biologists appears to be the prototypical troublemaker. Read More...  

BASIN HEADED FOR FIRST ‘NORMAL’ SNOWPACK IN SIX YEARS
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Despite a sunny February that witnessed lower than average precipitation across much of the region, the Columbia/Snake river basin remains on track to experience its first "normal" snowpack runoff this spring and summer in six years. Read More...  

STUDY LOOKS AT WHERE WARMING MAY CAUSE SNOW TO DISAPPEAR
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Global warming in coming decades may cause the disappearance of large areas of the low-elevation snowpack in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, a new study concludes, with significant impacts on area ski resorts that will face warm winters far more often than they do now. Read More...  

NORTON ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION AS INTERIOR SECRETARY
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Dept. of Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton today announced she will leave the President's Cabinet at the end of March. Read More...  

NOAA DESIGNATES FISH HABITAT THAT PROHIBITS BOTTOM TRAWLING
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has approved a plan to establish and protect more than 150,000 square miles of marine waters off the West Coast as Essential Fish Habitat. Read More...  

IDAHO POWER TO BUILD NEW $10 MILLION HATCHERY NEAR CHALLIS
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Idaho Power Company late last month awarded Starr Corporation of Twin Falls a contract worth approximately $10 million to build a new salmon/steelhead hatchery complex on the site of the company’s upper Pahsimeroi Fish Hatchery in central Idaho. Read More...  

GRANT PUD SETS UP CONSERVATION ACCOUNT AS PART OF RELICENSE
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Grant County PUD moved one step closer in the relicensing process for the Priest Rapids Project when commissioners adopted a resolution that establishes a Habitat Conservation Account and a No Net Impact Fund (NNI). Read More...  

RESEARCHER STUDIES SPAWNING SALMON’S STREAM ‘ENGINEERING’
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 (PST)
Like an armada of small rototillers, female salmon can industriously churn up entire stream beds from end to end, sometimes more than once, using just their tails. Read More...  
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