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Latest CBB News > Archives > Mar 11, 2005
Mar 11, 2005

BASIN HEADING FOR THIRD LOWEST WATER SUPPLY YEAR ON RECORD
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
A weather system of high pressure and a split flow pattern have kept the Columbia River basin warm and dry through much of the winter, turning early season promise into a forecast for one of the lowest spring/summer water supplies in recent memory. Read More...  

PLENTY AT STAKE IN DIVIDING A LIKELY MEAGER WATER SUPPLY PIE
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
A fourth straight month of below-average precipitation across most of the Columbia River basin, and a cloudless start to March, have irrigators, power producers, fish advocates and others positioning themselves to make claims for a share of what is likely to be a meager spring/summer water supply. Read More...  

WASHINGTON GOVERNOR ISSUES STATEWIDE DROUGHT EMERGENCY
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire this week authorized the Department of Ecology to declare a statewide drought emergency, based on the extremely low snow pack in the mountains and record-low flows that are being seen in many rivers across the state. Read More...  

FLOW REGIME SET TO PROTECT HANFORD REACH FALL CHINOOK
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
Grant County Public Utility District, in coordination with upstream federal and PUD dam operators, began last week what is an early implementation of additional flow constraints at its Priest River hydro project in an attempt to protect emerging salmon fry along the Columbia River's Hanford Reach. Read More...  

USGS STUDY DETAILS SOURCE OF LAKE ROOSEVELT CONTAMINANTS
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
Decades of liquid effluent from the Teck-Cominco smelter in British Columbia contributed most of the zinc, lead, cadmium, and other trace elements detected in a recent sediment-coring study of Lake Roosevelt, according to a report published this week by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Read More...  

EARLY COLUMBIA RIVER FISHING NETS HIGH VALUE SPRING CHINOOK
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
The Columbia River basin spring chinook salmon run has only just begun, but the few being caught in lower river fishers' nets are bringing high value. Read More...  

BIOP CASE: IRRIGATORS SAY DAM OPERATIONS GET TOO MUCH BLAME
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
A fight within a legal fight has emerged with one party claiming a federal Columbia River salmon protection plan puts too little blame on the hydrosystem while another faults the plan because it lumps too much responsibility for fish mortality on the dams' operations. Read More...  

BIOP CASE: REDDEN ISSUE RULING ON ‘ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD’
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden last week ordered NOAA Fisheries to supplement the "administrative record" filed Jan. 28 in support of the agency's 2004 Federal Columbia River Power System biological opinion -- a salmon protection plan now being challenged by a coalition of fishing and conservation groups and the state of Oregon. Read More...  

BLOCK OF HOUSE REPUBLICANS OBJECT TO BUSH’S POWER RATE PLAN
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
A block of 50 House Republicans expressed strong opposition this week to a Bush Administration proposal that would raise Power Marketing Administration (PMA) rates by 20 percent each year. Read More...  

CORPS SEEKS COMMENT ON DRAFT EIS FOR LOWER SNAKE DREDGING
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released for comment a draft
Environmental Impact Statement proposing maintenance dredging of the federal navigation channel and berthing areas at certain public port facilities in the lower Snake and Clearwater rivers.
Read More...  

 

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