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June 20, 2008

Surprising Surge of Sockeye Returning To Columbia River Opens Mainstem Sport Fishery
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
Sockeye salmon are creating a stir on the Columbia River, surging past Bonneville Dam in unexpectedly high numbers and biting surprised steelhead anglers' hooks. Read More...  

Groups File Against 2008 Salmon/Steelhead Biological Opinion; Oregon Also To Challenge
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
(Revised From June 17 Version)

A new plan for protecting salmon and steelhead affected by the Columbia/Snake hydro system -- like the document it replaced -- faces a legal challenge from fishing and conservation groups who contend federal agencies changed their biological analysis methods in order to produce a "no jeopardy" conclusion, but changed little else.
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Libby Drawdown: Does Court Agreement Prohibit Implementation Changes For This Year?
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
Federal and state officials this week continued mulling how fast and deep Libby Dam's reservoir should be drawn down this summer, and will spend the next few weeks seeking answers to policy and legal questions regarding the operation. Read More...  

Late Runoff Filling Dworshak With Plenty Of Cool Water For Summer Salmon Migration
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
Cool water is stacking up behind central Idaho's Dworshak Dam for use later this summer to chill warming water downstream in the Snake River for migrating salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

Corps Signs Record Of Decision For Kootenai River Flood Control Strategy
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
A record of decision signed earlier this month made official the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' intent to continue implementation of a flood control strategy at Montana's Libby Dam that the agency says more reliably supplies spring and summer flows down through the Kootenai-Columbia river system while also better assuring higher reservoir elevations in summer. Read More...  

Tribes Start Commercial Chinook, Steelhead Fishery And Direct Sales To Public
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
It's a new season and fresh salmon caught by tribal fishermen in the Columbia River and tributaries is again available for purchase. Read More...  

Research Suggest Ocean Temps, Sea Level Increases 50 Percent Higher Than Earlier Estimates
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
New research suggests that ocean temperature and associated sea level increases between 1961 and 2003 were 50 percent larger than estimated in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Read More...  

Report Details Effects Of Changing Climate on Extreme Weather Events in North America
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research Thursday released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories. Read More...  

New Task Force Aims To Accelerate Regional Energy Efficiency Improvements
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
A newly formed Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce held its kickoff meeting this week as part of an effort to add to the region's energy-efficiency improvements of the last two decades. Read More...  

Administration Directs Federal Agencies To Develop National Environmental Indicators
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009 (PST)
The Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy this week directed federal agencies to begin developing a set of national environmental indicators and to kick off a major pilot project in this area. Read More...  
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