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Latest CBB News > Archives > April 2, 2004
April 2, 2004

BASIN FISHERY MANAGERS HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SPILL PLAN
Posted on Friday, April 02, 2004 (PST)
Columbia Basin state, tribal and federal fishery managers attending this week's Implementation Team meeting expressed concerns that a federal proposal for a three-year pilot plan to cut summer spill does not include adequate testing that would result in new information. Read More...  

COLLABORATION PROCESS MAY PUSH BIOP REWRITE TO NOVEMBER
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 (PST)
Revisions to the Federal Columbia River Power system biological opinion will likely be completed in November, not June 2 as ordered by a federal court, so that a federal collaboration with state and tribal fish managers on related scientific and analytical issues can run its course. Read More...  

REPORT SAYS FUTURE WATER WITHDRAWALS NEED OFF-ON FLEXIBILITY
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 (PST)
If Washington State issues additional permits for water to be diverted from the Columbia River for farm irrigation, it should do so only under the condition that withdrawals can be stopped if river flows become critically low for endangered and threatened salmon, says a new report from the National Research Council. Read More...  

GILLNETTERS NEAR IMPACT LIMIT; FISHING HALTS FOR NOW
Posted on Thursday, April 01, 2004 (PST)
Washington said yes, and Oregon said no to additional Lower Columbia River mainstem commercial harvest opportunities in the near term after an unexpectedly high catch during a Monday-Tuesday outing that pushed gill-netters near their allowable upriver spring chinook impact limit for the year. Read More...  

REGIONAL INTERESTS REACT TO ALTERNATIVE SUMMER SPILL PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
A coalition of utility and business interests call the federal proposal to cut back summer hydrosystem spill "a step in the right direction."

Fishing and conservation groups call it a backward step for ongoing efforts to restore Columbia River salmon stocks.
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AGENCIES ROLL OUT PROPOSED SUMMER SPILL REDUCTION PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
Federal officials met with state and tribal officials, congressional staff and other Columbia River hydrosystem "stakeholders" Tuesday to explain a proposed test of fish management flexibility that involves shutting off one of the downstream fish passage routes in August, and providing more limited access in July. Read More...  

GOVERNORS SAY SPILL PLAN MUST MITIGATE FOR LISTED, NON-LISTED FISH
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest's four governors Monday (March 29) sent a series of recommendations to the federal agencies working on a three-year pilot plan for alternative summer spill operations on the Federal Columbia River Power System. Read More...  

GAO REPORT DETAILS PROBLEMS WITH AGENCY CONSULTATIONS IN NW
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
Red tape and short staffing are causing the government to miss deadlines
for Endangered Species Act "consultations" 40 percent of the time in the
Northwest, a new report from the General Accounting Office concludes.
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JUDGE: BLM MUST CONSULT OVER UPPER SALMON WATER DIVERSIONS
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
A federal judge has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management must "consult with the appropriate federal fish and wildlife agency over its decision not to impose conditions on certain water diversions" in central Idaho's Upper Salmon River basin. Read More...  

USDA ANNOUNCES $3.5 MILLION FOR NW SALMON HABITAT RESTORATION
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 (PST)
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced a $3.5 million new initiative to help restore and conserve salmon habitat as part of the Wildlife Habitat
Incentives Program (WHIP).
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