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May 14, 2004

NOAA SAYS WILL LIKELY RELIST 25 OF 26 FISH STOCKS UNDER REVIEW
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries today corrected what it said are misconceptions in the news about the intent and impact of its hatchery policy and that the agency would likely relist by May 28 at least 25 of the 26 salmon stocks that are currently under review. Read More...  

REDDEN GIVES NOAA UNTIL NOV. 30 TO COMPLETE NEW BIOP
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
The agency charged with protecting Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act will have more time than originally scheduled to remold its opinion about the effects of federal hydrosystem operations on the fish, according to the judge that last year ruled the prevailing recovery strategy invalid. Read More...  

BPA UNSURE ‘WHEN, OR IF’ SUMMER SPILL REDUCTION PLAN READY
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
Wrestling through numerous legal, biological and social complexities has prolonged the task of assembling a summer hydrosystem spill reduction plan that the region can accept, according the Bonneville Power Administration's top fish and wildlife official. Read More...  

RIVER MANAGERS SAY NO TO ‘REVENUE-NEUTRALITY’ CONSTRAINT
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided last week that it was better to spill excess juvenile salmon at Lower Granite Dam than it was to bypass the fish, the Bonneville Power Administration worked a tradeoff for the spill that made the operation revenue neutral for the power marketing agency. Read More...  

WASHINGTON MOVES FORWARD ON DRAFT WATER WITHDRAWAL PLAN
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
Washington officials floated ideas at public meetings in eastern Washington the end of April outlining what they think is needed to meet future water supply needs in the mid-Columbia and Snake rivers. Read More...  

MONTANA LEADERS SEEK FLATHEAD PROTECTION FROM MINE
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
Montana's governor and a senator have asked for federal action to protect
the Flathead River Basin from potential coal bed methane and open pit coalmining in southeastern British Columbia.
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ISRP REJECTS ESTUARY HABITAT MONITORING PLAN
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
While the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) generally supports a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan proposed by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership for the Lower Columbia River and Estuary, it rejected that part of the monitoring plan for habitat, saying it lacks detail and so is not "fundable." Read More...  

FERC OKS PGE SURRENDER APPLICATION FOR SANDY RIVER DAMS
Posted on Friday, May 14, 2004 (PST)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Portland General Electric's application to surrender the ownership of its Sandy River dams, opening the way to remove the dams by 2008. FERC is charged with licensing hydroelectric dams among its other responsibilities. Read More...  

WATER SUPPLY FORECAST PREDICTS EIGHTH WORST IN 44 YEARS
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest River Forecast Center (RFC) adjusted its water supply forecasts for Columbia River basin sites downwards from the forecast it had made just 10 days earlier, a situation that will leave salmon managers and river operating agencies with fewer alternatives for in-season management as the salmon migration season progresses. Read More...  

SPRING CHINOOK RETURN PREDICTION DROPS FROM 360,700 TO 189,200
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004 (PST)
The latest estimate of the 2004 return of "upriver" spring chinook salmon to the Columbia River is roughly half what was forecast in preseason, but it is still expected to be the fifth largest in recent decades. Read More...  
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