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June 25, 2004

FEDERAL AGENCIES DELIVER FINAL SUMMER SPILL PLAN TO NOAA
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a summer spill plan to NOAA Fisheries Thursday, June 24, that includes a slightly smaller reduction in spill and a $3 million reduction in revenue benefits for BPA's customers. Read More...  

FERC OKS HABITAT CONSERVATION PLANS FOR MID-COLUMBIA DAMS
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 (PST)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday signed off on three "habitat conservation plans" that two Mid-Columbia public utilities say provide the highest level of fish protection ever established for a hydropower system while still providing certainty for continued hydroelectric generation. Read More...  

CORPS TO SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO GET LOWER SNAKE DREDGING GOING
Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 (PST)
With the documents now in hand that Corps of Engineers officials feel validate a winter 2004/2005 Snake River dredging plan, federal attorneys are set to again approach the judge whose injunction has prohibited the shipping channel clearing for the past two years on environmental grounds. Read More...  

CORPS, PORTS PACT ALLOWS CHANNEL DEEPENING TO MOVE FORWARD
Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004 (PST)
A controversial Columbia River dredging project cleared the last administrative hurdle this week for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin a project to deepen the Columbia River navigation channel by three feet. Read More...  

JUDGE: FERC MUST RESPOND TO PETITION ON HELLS CANYON LICENSE
Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004 (PST)
Saying that "a reasonable time for agency action is typically counted in weeks or months, not years," a federal court on Tuesday ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to respond with 45 days to a 1997 petition from conservation groups requesting that the agency consult with NOAA Fisheries on the adverse impacts the Hells Canyon Complex might have on endangered salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

MONTANA GETS THE SUMMER LIBBY DAM OPERATIONS IT WANTED
Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004 (PST)
The Technical Management Team (TMT) approved steady summer flows from Libby Dam on the Kootenai River that initially meet the needs of the State of Montana.

The operation proposed by TMT salmon managers provides stable summer flows through August that will benefit recreation and threatened bull trout, while also providing some flow augmentation for salmon in the lower Columbia River.
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GRANT PUD REPORTS ON HANFORD REACH PROTECTION FLOWS FOR 2004
Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004 (PST)
Grant County Public Utility District provided 84 days of controlled flows during its Hanford Reach Protection program this summer and stayed within flow limits 75 days or 89.3 percent of the time on a daily basis, according to the utility. Read More...  

SUMMER CHINOOK RUN STRONG; TRIBAL GILL NET FISHERY APPROVED
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 (PST)
Steady counts of summer chinook salmon at Bonneville Dam have given fishery officials the confidence to approve tribal commercial gill net fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River targeting the so-called "June hogs" for only the second summer since 1965. Read More...  

LAWSUIT NOTICE FILED OVER NON-LISTING OF COASTAL CUTTHROAT
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 (PST)
Claiming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for Columbia River and southwestern Washington populations of the coastal cutthroat trout under the Endangered Species Act, conservation groups this week filed a formal 60-day notice of intent to sue the agency. Read More...  

NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS SALMON PESTICIDE BAN DURING APPEAL
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 (PST)
A lower court injunction banning the spraying of certain pesticides near salmon-bearing streams will stay in place while agricultural interests and chemical companies appeal the decision, according to a ruling this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More...  
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