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Latest CBB News > Archives > Mar 18, 2005
Mar 18, 2005

FEDS ASK JUDGE TO THROW OUT LEGAL CHALLENGES TO 2004 BIOP
Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2005 (PST)
U.S. Justice Department attorneys last week asked Oregon's U.S. District Court to reject legal requests from a coalition of fishing and conservation groups, from the state of Oregon and from two irrigation associations to have the 10-year federal Columbia River hydrosystem salmon protection plan declared illegal. Read More...  

GREGOIRE SEEKS FUNDING FOR DROUGHT ACTION; WATER STORAGE
Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2005 (PST)
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire Friday (March 18) asked the
Legislature for a $12 million fund to "take action right now to respond
quickly and effectively to Washington's drought conditions."
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TRIBES’ HATCHERY PLAN AIMED AT REVIVING UPPER BASIN FISH RUNS
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
The goal of resurrecting tribal spring and summer/fall chinook salmon fisheries, and creating recreational opportunities, in Washington's Okanogan subbasin and other waters of the Colville Reservation moved into the realm of possibility Tuesday. Read More...  

NW SENATORS KNOCK BPA RATES PROPOSAL FROM BUDGET PLAN
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
A Bush Administration proposal that would have required power marketing administrations (PMAs), including the Bonneville Power Administration, to increase rates to customers was rejected by the Senate Budget Committee late last week, largely through the efforts of senators from the Pacific Northwest. Read More...  

MORE SUBBASIN PLANS ADOPTED; SOME CARRY COUNTY CONCERNS
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week adopted four subbasin management plans despite a failure to win the endorsement of local county governments that have expressed concern about certain elements of the fish and wildlife management strategies and the overall planning process. Read More...  

NPCC ENDORSES MOVING AHEAD ON BIOP-BASED HABITAT PROJECTS
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
Conditional approval was given Tuesday for the expenditure of up to $268,000 for two "off-site" habitat projects that Bonneville Power Administration officials say will further federal agencies' goal of countering Columbia/Snake hydrosystem impacts on salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

YAKIMA SENIOR WATER LEASES SOUGHT TO AVOID JUNIOR CUTOFFS
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
The Department of Ecology is offering to lease irrigation water from senior water-right holders so that Yakima River junior water-right holders facing cutoff this year will still have water for drinking, flushing toilets and other domestic uses. Read More...  

LOW CHINOOK NUMBERS, RUN COMPOSITION PROMPTS FISHING DELAY
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
The increased presence of sport-only winter steelhead and a continued scarcity of targeted Columbia River basin spring chinook salmon this week prompted the commercial fleet to "take the day off" to await better fishing conditions. Read More...  

RESEARCHERS: BASIN’S DRY WEATHER TO CONTINUE SPRING, SUMMER
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
It does not appear there will be any major relief this spring or summer from the unusually dry weather that has recently hit the Pacific Northwest, according to new projections of drought severity and fire risk that are based on “general circulation” models that forecast global climate. Read More...  

IDAHO BIOLOGISTS EXPLAIN LOW FLOW IMPACTS ON MIGRATING SMOLTS
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2005 (PST)
While Idaho's big game animals have enjoyed an extremely mild winter, record low snow pack and eventual spring runoff mean trouble for Idaho's migrating salmon and steelhead smolts. Read More...  

 

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