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Latest CBB News > Archives > May 18, 2007
May 18, 2007

COUNCIL HIRES NEW FISH AND WILDLIFE DIVISION DIRECTOR
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 (PST)
Policy analyst and subbasin planning lead Tony Grover moves south of the border June 1, leaving his post with the Washington state office of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to become director of the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Division. Read More...  

REPORT EXPLORES GLOBAL WARMING IMPACTS ON COLUMBIA BASIN
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 (PST)
Salmon and trout -- coldwater fish species that get the most attention and money in the Columbia/Snake river basin -- are the most vulnerable to global warming, which a new scientific report calls "unequivocal." Read More...  

BIOLOGISTS HOPE DEEPER RIVER WILL REVIVE KOOTENAI STURGEON
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 (PST)
Reserving water behind Libby Dam, and releasing it in "pulses" to prompt Kootenai white sturgeon spawning runs, may not be as vital if a developing plan to sculpture the river's "braided reach" above Bonners Ferry proves viable. Read More...  

COUNCIL GIVES LOWER RIVER TERMINAL FISHERY FUNDING GO-AHEAD
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 (PST)
A pair of fish and wildlife projects, including a long-running terminal fishery program in the lower Columbia River, had their "conditional" funding labels removed Wednesday after clearing scientific and economic hurdles placed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

NPCC RECOMMENDS $2.7 MILLION FOR SOUTH IDAHO WILDLIFE PROJECT
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Tuesday recommended $2.745 million in spending for fee-title acquisitions and easements and other work through the Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation project. Read More...  

FEDS SAY CURRENT HYDRO/FISH OPERATIONS PROCESSES WORKING
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 (PST)
Deviations from operations designed to benefit salmon and steelhead are inevitable within the federal Columbia/Snake river hydrosystem, according to documents filed Wednesday in Portland's U.S. District Court. Read More...  

SALMON ‘RIVER ORIGIN’ OCEAN TRACKING PROGRAM EXPANDS
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PST)
A successful pilot program launched last year that used genetics to determine the river origin of chinook salmon caught off Oregon’s central coast will begin its second season this month and expand to the entire coast off Oregon as well as to northern California waters. Read More...  

UNDERWATER RESEARCH FACILITY WILL IMPROVE FISH MANAGEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PST)
The University of Washington has been allocated $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation for the planning phase to develop detailed engineering specifications for a cabled underwater research facility to be built off the coast of Washington and Oregon, and associated with the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. Read More...  

SPRING CHINOOK RUN TRACKING FORECAST; SPORT FISHING REOPENED
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PST)
Oregon and Washington fishery managers decided Tuesday that the risk of breaching Endangered Species Act impact limits is low enough to allow a reopening of sport fishing for spring chinook on the lower Columbia River mainstem. Read More...  

NEW BOOK STANDARDIZES PROTOCOLS FOR ASSESSING SALMON STATUS
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (PST)
A major step toward getting Columbia River basin salmon researchers all on the same page was taken this month with the publication of the first work ever to collect, standardize, and recommend a scientifically rigorous set of field protocols for monitoring and assessing salmon and trout populations. Read More...  
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