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Latest CBB News > Archives > April 13, 2001
April 13, 2001

1. RIVER OPERATIONS PLAN BASED ON WATER FORECASTS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The Federal Executives laid a proposal on the table today (April 13)
that, when approved by the end of April, will guide river operations
this spring and summer. There are few surprises in the operations plan
except that it apparently raises the bar on when discretionary water
would be available for spill.
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2. BPA PLAN COULD TEMPER HUGE RATE INCREASES
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Bonneville Power Administration customers will have to cut energy use by
5 percent to 10 percent and aluminum smelters will have to shut down for
up to two years if the federal power marketing agency is to avoid a 250
percent to 300 percent rate increase in October.

Even at that, prices could rise as much as 100 percent, acting BPA
Administrator Steve Wright said Monday at a press conference.
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3. IRRIGATION POWER BUYBACK MEETS SUCCESS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
The intent is to save power without savaging the agricultural industry,
but irrigation load buyback programs launched this late winter and
spring by numerous electric entities could have the trickle down effect
of providing additional in-stream flows for fish.
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4. 'FREDDY KRUEGER' RIDGE SLASHES BASIN RUNOFF FORECAST
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Though clouds again linger over much of the Columbia Basin and
Northwest, most participants in a Tuesday drought workshop agreed that
the region will have to play with the hand dealt by Mother Nature during
a dry fall and winter of 2000-2001.

It would take 225 percent of normal precipitation between now and July
to get the region back on track toward a "normal" water year, according
to Harold Opitz, hydrologist in charge of the Northwest River Forecast
Center.
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5. NW HOUSE MEMBERS DEFEND GIVING BPA FISH CREDITS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Northwest House members have come to the defense of an expected $500
million-plus fish credit for the Bonneville Power Administration this
year.

"We believe that the law, sound policy and simple fairness dictate that
Northwest ratepayers are entitled to commensurate reimbursement for
paying fish and wildlife mitigation costs throughout the fiscal year,"
16 members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana said in a letter
to Bush administration officials on Monday.
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6. CRITFC ASKS FOR SPILL TO AID TRIBAL FISHERS
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 (PST)
Although record numbers of spring chinook adults are passing Bonneville
Dam, many native American fisherman who are fishing the spring treaty
fishery for the first time in years, are not catching enough fish.

The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission asked this week for
biological opinion-level spill hoping that some salmon would be drawn
towards the river's edge so that platform fishermen could catch them.
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