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May 21, 2004

TRIBES OBJECT TO OREGON WATER QUALITY/FISH CONSUMPTION RULES
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 (PST)
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission on Thursday adopted water quality criteria for toxic pollutants that tribes say do not adequately protect people who consume large amounts of fish. Read More...  

FISH MANAGERS WANT MCNARY FISH PASSAGE TESTS HALTED
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 (PST)
Research at McNary Dam is endangering juveniles migrating through the dam, say regional salmon managers, prompting them to ask the Army Corps of Engineers this week to operate all turbines at the dam within the 1 percent peak efficiency range, which is required by the NOAA Fisheries 2000 Biological Opinion, and to cease the Vertical Barrier Screen (VBS) tests, which require operation of turbine units at the dam outside that range. Read More...  

NW LAWMAKERS, GOVERNORS URGE CHANNEL DEEPENING FUNDING
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 (PST)
The Northwest congressional delegation and Northwest governors delivered letters May 13 to congressional committee heads asking them to add $15 million to the Fiscal Year 2005 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act specifically for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Columbia River channel improvement project. Read More...  

USFWS PROPOSES LIBBY DAM FLOWS FOR KOOTENAI WHITE STURGEON
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 (PST)
There is just enough water in the forecast for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week to move ahead on a white sturgeon operation in the Kootenai River in Montana.

The operation, which calls for ramping up higher flows out of Libby Dam once sturgeon spawn, could begin as early as next week.
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FISH MANAGERS WANT MORE SPILL TO COMPENSATE MISSED TARGETS
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 (PST)
Regional salmon managers at this week’s multi-agency Technical Management Team asked for additional spill at one lower Columbia River dam in compensation for dam operators having coming up short this spring on meeting spill targets at The Dalles and John Day dams. Read More...  

BPA DETAILS MEGAWATT SAVINGS THROUGH ENERGY CONSERVATION
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration this week released an updated assessment of energy conservation it has funded in the Northwest. The analysis shows additional savings of 57 average megawatts in 2003, bringing the adjusted total to 805 average megawatts since BPA’s efforts began in 1982. Read More...  

RULING KEEPS PESTICIDE BUFFER ZONES FOR SALMON IN PLACE
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 (PST)
A Seattle U.S. District Judge upheld his own injunction that prohibits spraying certain pesticide ingredients, such as 2,4-D and diazinon, near salmon bearing streams in Oregon, Washington and California, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews with NOAA Fisheries a list of 54 chemicals. Read More...  

SWEEPING SNAKE RIVER WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT IN THE WORKS
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 (PST)
The Nez Perce Tribe took a step Saturday (May 15) in reaching a settlement with the state of Idaho and federal agencies over Snake River water rights the tribe’s initially challenged in 1993. Read More...  

TRIBAL FISHERY TARGETS UPRIVER CHINOOK ABOVE BONNEVILLE
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 (PST)
Washington and Oregon officials this week OK'd tribal commercial fishery that will target a dwindling stream of "upriver" spring chinook salmon in Columbia River mainstem reservoirs above Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

WASHINGTON STATE WARNS CORPS ON COLUMBIA/SNAKE OIL SPILLS
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2004 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spilled oil 33 times since 1999 at nine of its Columbia and Snake river dams, prompting the Washington Department of Ecology this week to issue a warning to the federal agency. Read More...  
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