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Latest CBB News > Archives > June 20, 2003
June 20, 2003

1. PARTIES FILE BRIEFS SUPPORTING KEEPING BIOP IN PLACE
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Federal agencies, all four Columbia River basin states and farming, navigation, irrigation and utility interests last week all rallied to the support of the NOAA Fisheries' salmon and steelhead protection strategy that has been declared illegal in U.S. District Court. Read More...  

2. BPA REDUCES POWER RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL TO 5 PERCENT
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration estimates its wholesale power rates could go up approximately 5 percent over current rates for the next three years, beginning Oct. 1.

That's significantly less than the 15 percent increase proposed last February. The agency reported the preliminary number this week in a draft record of decision in its rate process.
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3. COUNCIL HAS APPROVED NEARLY $12.4 MILLION FOR SUBBASIN WORK
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council last week authorized the expenditure of slightly more than $1 million to launch subbasin plan development in three areas and to further work across the Columbia River Basin on what are expected to be the road maps for fish and wildlife project priority setters. Read More...  

4. MONTANA COUNCIL MEMBERS WANT ACTION ON MAINSTEM PLAN
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Frustrated thus far by federal Columbia River Basin hydrosystem operators' response, Montana's Northwest Power Planning Council members said this week they plan to submit a formal request that Libby and Hungry Horse dams be operated as stated in the Council's newly revised "Mainstem Plan." Read More...  

5. MANAGERS AGREE TO END SNAKE RIVER SPILL THIS WEEK
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 (PST)
Spill at Snake River dams stopped today according to the clock in NOAA Fisheries' 2000 biological opinion that calls for spring spill, which began on May 3, to come to an end by June 20.

According to counts provided by the Fish Passage Center, nearly all Snake River steelhead and yearling chinook juveniles have already passed the four lower Snake River dams.
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