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Latest CBB News > Archives > March 16, 2001
March 16, 2001

1. SMITH PUSHES FOR PRICE CAPS; ABRAHAM SAYS NO
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Despite growing political demand for federal price caps on Western
electricity to alleviate economic and environmental damage, Bush
administration officials this week continued to strongly oppose such
action by federal regulators or Congress.

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham restated the administration's
opposition on Thursday at a Senate committee hearing on proposed
legislation to ease the region's California-spawned energy crisis.
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2. DROUGHT DECLARATION COULD HIT AG WATER USERS HARD
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Washington Gov. Gary Locke on Wednesday authorized the Department of
Ecology to declare a statewide drought emergency.

Locke noted that the state's snowpack is at just 50 to 60 percent of
average for this time of year, which will sharply reduce the amount of
runoff into streams this summer. In fact, the flow in the Columbia River
for April through September is expected to be less than 57 percent of
average.
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3. FEDS MEET WITH STATES, TRIBES ON RIVER OPERATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The federal executives met today with state and tribal officials to get
their ideas on how the federal hydropower system can be operated with
some sensitivity to endangered and threatened species in a year when
water is scarce and the hydroelectric system has little flexibility.
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4. PARTIES PUT TOGETHER "MATRIX" ON FLOW, SPILL, TRANSPORT
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The multi-agency Implementation Team and Technical Management Team
provided federal executives this week with their ideas about how the
federal hydropower system should be operated in low water conditions.
Federal agencies this year have taken over operations of the Columbia
and Snake river hydroelectric system due to persistent energy
emergencies.
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4. PARTIES PUT TOGETHER "MATRIX" ON FLOW, SPILL, TRANSPORT
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The multi-agency Implementation Team and Technical Management Team
provided federal executives this week with their ideas about how the
federal hydropower system should be operated in low water conditions.
Federal agencies this year have taken over operations of the Columbia
and Snake river hydroelectric system due to persistent energy
emergencies.
Read More...  

5. FLOWS TO PROTECT CHUM REDDS END TODAY
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Fisheries agencies agreed this week to end higher flows that keep chum
redds watered downstream from Bonneville Dam. It could prove to be only
the first of many hard biological decisions both fisheries managers and
dam operators will have to make this year due to record low water and
electricity deficits.
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6. MONTANA LASHES AT SPILL FOR HATCHERY FISH
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration agreed during a Technical Management
Team conference call last Friday (March 9) to spill 50,000 cubic feet
per second (50 kcfs) of water for three days, 12 hours each evening, at
Bonneville Dam to help Spring Creek Hatchery tule chinook juveniles move
down river.
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