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April 16, 2004

AGREEMENT WITH UTILITIES WOULD REDUCE BPA COSTS BY $200 MILLION
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
Under a proposal announced today (April 16), the Bonneville Power Administration’s costs would decrease while residential and small-farm customers of investor-owned utilities would get certainty about future benefits from the Federal Columbia River Power System. Read More...  

BIOP MEETING FOCUSES ON ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE PROPOSAL
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
Attorneys for the state of Oregon and tribal fish managers told a federal judge today (April 16) that they had deep concerns about a federal proposal that makes dams and reservoirs part of the environmental baseline and judges the perils faced by salmon on day-to-day operations alone. Read More...  

PARTIES STILL DISAGREEING OVER SPRING SPILL; DECISION SOON
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
After three more meetings to talk about the issue, the most recent with the higher level Implementation Team (IT) at a Thursday meeting, parties could not agree on what to do and the decision was left to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has the final responsibility to meet requirements set by the 2000 hydropower system biological opinion. Read More...  

AGENICES FLOODED WITH COMMENTS ON SUMMER SPILL REDUCTION
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
After being overwhelmed by over 200 comments about its preliminary summer spill proposal, the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put off until April 21 the release of their amended proposal and for one week a regional federal executives meeting previously scheduled for today. Read More...  

COUNCIL GETS DETAILS ON YAKIMA BASIN BLACK ROCK PROJECT
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
A contingent of Yakima River basin residents visited Portland last week to enlighten -- and try win the support of -- Northwest Power and Conservation Council members regarding a proposal to more than double the water reservoir storage capacity in the central Washington area through a loan of water from the Columbia River. Read More...  

MONITORING PLAN SET FOR MCNARY TURBINE OPERATIONS CHANGE
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration, along with researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, told the Technical Management Team this week that a monitoring plan has been prepared to track the impact on juvenile salmon and steelhead survival when operating turbines at McNary Dam outside the 1 percent peak efficiency range. Read More...  

FWS TO DO FULL STATUS REVIEW OF GREATER SAGE GROUSE
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that substantial biological information exists to warrant a more in-depth examination of the status of greater sage grouse.

Greater sage-grouse are found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, eastern California, Nevada, Utah, western Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. They are also found in the Canadian province of Alberta.
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CATCH RATE UP; RETURN NUMBERS CONSISTENT WITH LATE RUN TIME
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 (PST)
Accelerating recreational catch rates on the lower Columbia River mean fish are present in relatively ample numbers, but upriver spring chinook salmon counts at Bonneville Dam continue to lag behind those that produced the bountiful returns of recent years. Read More...  

RIVER MANAGERS UP FLOW IN MID-COLUMBIA; SPILL AT BONNEVILLE
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 (PST)
Dam operating agencies agreed with salmon managers at this week's Technical Management Team meeting to increase both river flow from Grand Coulee Dam and spill at Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

COUNCIL RECOMMENDS CHANGES IN BPA’S FUTURE POWER ROLE
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is recommending changes in how the Bonneville Power Administration provides power to its customers.

If adopted, the recommendations could lead to changes in the BPA's role in regional power supply, the Council said.
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