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Latest CBB News > Archives > May 7, 2004
May 7, 2004

SPILL PLAN DELAYED; MORE DWORSHAK WATER STUDIED AS OFFSET
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 (PST)
The long awaited amended summer spill proposal from the Bonneville Power Administration was again delayed this week with no date set for the proposal's release.

The delay is due to the length of time federal agencies are taking to align the expected salmon losses caused by reducing summer spill with offset measures that would fully mitigate for those losses.
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COLUMBIA BASIN WATER SUPPLY, FLOWS CONTINUE TO DECLINE
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 (PST)
Lower than average snow and rainfall two months in a row and declining water supplies bodes poorly for Northwest river flows and salmon this summer.
The Northwest River Forecast Center released last week its May Early Bird forecast that predicts a water supply at The Dalles Dam of 81.6 million acre feet, or 76 percent of normal.
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RIVER MANAGERS SPILL TO DEAL WITH BRIEF RISE IN FISH MORTALITY
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 (PST)
Juvenile salmon and steelhead mortality rose briefly at McNary and Lower Granite dams and at the Snake River dam the mortality ultimately resulted in spilling water this week, something operating agencies had stopped April 23 due to low water flows in the river. Read More...  

COUNCIL TO LOOK AT POSSIBLE REGIONAL DECISION MAKING CHANGES
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 (PST)
At its meeting next week, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee will consider whether the Council should sponsor an Executive Committee made of federal, state and tribal leaders that will oversee the Columbia Basin’s Regional Forum process. Read More...  

SUPREME COURT REJECTS BID TO OVERTURN WATER RIGHTS RULING
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 (PST)
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected without comment a request that it overturn lower court rulings that say the U.S. Forest Service has the right to put conditions on permits that allow water to be channeled across public lands to irrigate crops on private ground in central Washington. Read More...  

SPRING CHINOOK RUN DOWNGRADED; FISHING SHUT DOWN
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 (PST)
Spring chinook salmon fishing was ended sooner than most would like on the Columbia River mainstem, and likely the Snake River, in large part because the overall return will not be as large as expected. Read More...  

BIOP PLAINTIFFS OPPOSE NOV. 30 DEADLINE; WANT IT DONE SEPT. 15
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 (PST)
More time should be allowed for the reconstruction of the biological opinion on federally protected Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead, but not nearly as much time as the federal government has requested, according to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that forced the work. Read More...  

HISTORIC WHITE STURGEON RELEASE IN LAKE ROOSEVELT NEXT WEEK
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2004 (PST)
About 2,000 10- to 12-inch-long white sturgeon will be released in Lake Roosevelt May 12, marking Washington's first effort to recover declining populations of the largest and oldest freshwater fish in the upper Columbia River. Read More...  

 

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