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April 13, 2007

ORAL ARGUMENTS SET MONDAY ON OREGON COHO ESA LISTING CASE
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 (PST)
The status of the Oregon coast coho salmon under the Endangered Species Act started a legal and political firestorm years ago that eventually forced the NOAA Fisheries Service to take another look at 27 West Coast salmon and steelhead listings. Read More...  

MUCH OF BASIN RUNOFF NEAR NORMAL, EXCEPT FOR SNAKE RIVER
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (PST)
The April "final" forecast issued by the Northwest River Forecast Center continues a season-long trend in estimating near or slightly above normal runoff volumes from the snowpacks feeding the Columbia River's upper reaches but a short supply from that river's biggest tributary, the Snake. Read More...  

NEW SPILLWAY WEIR AT LOWER MONUMENTAL DELAYED UNTIL FALL
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week there will be a delay in the installation of the planned removable spillway weir (RSW) at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam, near Kahlotus, Wash., on the lower Snake River. Read More...  

NINTH CIRCUIT MEMO REJECTS IRRIGATORS CHALLENGES ON BIOP
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (PST)
Columbia/Snake River Irrigators Association challenges to U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden's decisions on Columbia River basin salmon issues, and complaints about the judge himself, were rejected April 6 via a memorandum issued by a three-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel. Read More...  

AVISTA AWARDED FOR COLLABORATION ON PEND OREILLE FISHERIES
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (PST)
The National Hydropower Association has awarded Avista the “Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Waters” for the Northwest utility’s collaborative efforts to protect the fisheries in Lake Pend Oreille by working with stakeholders to reduce predatory species. Read More...  

USFWS UPHELD ON WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT HYBRIDIZATION ISSUE
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 (PST)
A Washington, D.C.-based federal judge has ruled valid the scientific approach used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether or not westslope cutthroat should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

REACTION TO APPEALS COURT RULING: ANGER, GLEE, RESOLVE
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (PST)
A legal reaffirmation this week of the federal government's need to fortify its Columbia/lower Snake river hydrosystem salmon protection strategy has drawn responses ranging from anger, to glee, to resolve that the job can be accomplished. Read More...  

SCIENTISTS’ LATENT MORTALITY REPORT: NO CLEAR ANSWERS
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (PST)
Putting hard numbers to the phenomenon called "latent mortality" – the delayed effect of downstream fish passage through the Columbia/Snake hydro system -- will continue to be in the near term anyone's guess, according to a report released this week by the Independent Scientific Advisory Board. Read More...  

CORPS EARMARKS FUNDS FOR WALLA WALLA BASIN FLOW STUDY
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has earmarked $797,000 to complete a feasibility study to determine the best options for restoring flows to support both fish and farmers in the Walla Walla River Basin. Read More...  

EXPECTED DOWNTURN IN COLUMBIA RUNS RESTRICTS OCEAN FISHING
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 (PST)
The overall sport and commercial harvest of chinook salmon off the Washington and northern Oregon coasts this spring and summer will be held to slightly more that half what was allowed last year in order to protect what is expected to be a meager lower Columbia River "tule" run. Read More...  
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