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June 05, 2009

Feds Compromise On Summer Spill Ops; Bird Predation Shuts Down John Day Spillway Weir
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
A "proposed order" filed Tuesday pledges that summertime spill operations this year to facilitate juvenile salmon passage at federal Columbia-Snake river hydro projects will mimic as closely as possible -- as a federal judge requested -- those of 2008. Read More...  

Federal, State Briefs Defend Sea Lion Removal Policy In Ninth Circuit Challenge
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
Congress created the Marine Mammal Protection Act's Section 120 "specifically" "to address the type of situation" that now prevails at the lower Columbia River's Bonneville Dam, according to a federal brief filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Read More...  

Idaho Sen. Sees Broad Collaboration As Way To End Litigation Cycle Over Basin Salmon Recovery
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
No, Idaho's senior U.S. senator, Mike Crapo, is not a born-again dam breaching advocate. Read More...  

NOAA BiOp Says California Water Pumping Jeopardizes Salmon; Proposes Alternatives
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries released its final biological opinion Thursday that finds the water pumping operations in California's Central Valley by the federal Bureau of Reclamation jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

NW Governors Seek Federal Funds To Study 'Pumped Storage' To Back Up Wind Power
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
The governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington have signed a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Energy supporting funding for the Bonneville Power Administration to study technologies for integrating wind and other renewable energy into the Northwest power grid. Read More...  

River Operators Hoping Dworshak Turbine Fixed In Time For Late Summer Fish Migrations
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
Dworshak Dam's operators are hoping that a new problem that emerged nearly two week's ago to force the shutdown of the facility's largest turbine unit is really an recurring problem that could be fixed, at least for the short term, relatively quickly. Read More...  

Studies: Condit Dam Removal Would Reduce Mercury Accumulation In Fish
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
Studies indicate that the release of sediment during the removal of the White Salmon River's Condit Dam would actually reduce risks from mercury by making it "less likely to accumulate in fish," according to a draft Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released today for public comment. Read More...  

Libby Dam Releases Set To Begin To Encourage Increased White Sturgeon Spawning
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
Montana's Libby Dam soon will start releasing water to improve spawning conditions for the Kootenai River's endangered white sturgeon. Read More...  

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Wolf Delisting In Montana, Idaho
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the recent delisting of gray wolves in Montana and Idaho, raising some of the same legal issues that blocked delisting last year. Read More...  

Montanan John Tubbs Named Interior's Deputy Assistant Secretary For Water, Science
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 (PST)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this week named Montanan John Tubbs, a veteran water resources administrator and policy leader, as deputy assistant secretary for Water and Science. The appointment does not require Senate confirmation. Read More...  
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