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Latest CBB News > Archives > August 8, 2003
August 8, 2003

1. FEDS TELL MONTANA BIOP OPERATIONS WON'T CHANGE THIS YEAR
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Fearing a positive decision would move them onto slipperier legal ground, federal officials on Tuesday said they would not implement changes in federal Columbia River hydrosystem operations this summer that proponents say would yield great economic and upriver resident fish benefits without hindering salmon and steelhead recovery efforts. Read More...  

2. UTILITY REPS SUPPORT MONTANA, DECRY COSTS OF SUMMER SPILL
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Agency officials got an earful Tuesday from utility and industry representatives zeroing in on what they feel is a prime example of federal Columbia River salmon recovery decision-making run amok.

The occasion was the gathering of federal officials to consider hydrosystem operational changes suggested by the state of Montana.
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3. IRRIGATORS, UMATILLA TRIBES GET SUPPORT FOR WATER EXCHANGE
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Eastern Oregon Indians and irrigators have stepped up their efforts to obtain funding for the third and final phase of the Umatilla Basin Project, the federal "bucket for bucket" exchange that guarantees Columbia River water for crops while leaving flows in the Umatilla River for migrating salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

4. SETTLEMENT OPENS COLUMBIA WATER TO WASHINGTON QUAD CITIES
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Four eastern Washington city councils approved this week a settlement that would free up water from the Columbia River to meet the cities' water needs for the next 50 years.

The settlement now must go for final approval to the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board, which asked the groups to seek a settlement outside the court to avoid a costly and time consuming court battle.
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5. USFWS AGAIN RULES AGAINST LISTING WESTSLOPE CUTTHROAT
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
After a court-ordered second review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again determined that the westslope cutthroat trout does not warrant listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because the agency has found that abundant, stable, and reproducing populations remain well distributed throughout its historic range. Read More...  

6. GROUP SEEKS STAY IN WASHINGTON CHANNEL DEEPENING DECISION
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
A Seattle-based environmental group that appealed in July the Washington Department of Ecology's approval of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to deepen the Columbia River by three feet, filed today with the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board a request for a stay, which asks that Ecology's approval be set aside while the appeals work their way through the state process. Read More...  

7. RIVER MANAGERS STICK TO NEZ PERCE/IDAHO DWORSHAK PLAN
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
With cooler weather forecasted, fisheries and operations managers of the Technical Management Team this week agreed to again lessen outflows of cool water from Dworshak Dam to about 9,000 cubic feet per second beginning Monday evening. Read More...  

 

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