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Latest CBB News > Archives > September 19, 2003
September 19, 2003

1. CRAPO TO BRING GROUPS TOGETHER ON UPPER SNAKE WATER USE
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Idaho's Sen. Mike Crapo has taken on the challenge of refocusing a long-running and fractious debate about how much water, if any, should be siphoned from Idaho's upper Snake River Basin to augment downstream Snake/Columbia flows for migrating salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

2. FALL CHINOOK FORECAST TOPS 800,000; SECOND HIGHEST SINCE 1948
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
An unprecedented wave of fall chinook salmon washing over Bonneville Dam during the past week have prompted fishery officials to push up their estimates of the overall 2003 return to the Columbia River to the second highest total since 1948. Read More...  

3. CONGRESS OKS $85 MILLION FOR CORPS' COLUMBIA/SNAKE BUDGET
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
The Senate has approved spending $85 million by the Army Corps of Engineers next year on salmon mitigation projects associated with federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Read More...  

4. PORT HOLDS OUT HOPE FOR CHANNEL DREDGING FUNDS
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
Funding for a Columbia River channel deepening project to deepen the river's navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet failed to meet the criteria of the Bush Administration's no new start policy and therefore was not included in the president's proposed fiscal year 2004 budget. Read More...  

5. AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBES SHAPE CORPS FISH MITIGATION PRIORITIES
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
A $5 million effort to accelerate construction of a "removable spillway weir" at the lower Snake River's Ice Harbor Dam, and potential evaluations of the biological effects of reduced spill levels at lower Columbia and Snake river federal hydroelectric projects, are among the issues to still be debated as priorities for an anticipated $70 million in fiscal year 2004 spending money. Read More...  

6. NOAA, GROUPS AGREE TO CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATION SCHEDULE
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries, conservation and fishing groups agreed to a schedule that the fisheries agency must follow to re-establish critical habitat for 19 salmon and steelhead evolutionarily significant units.

The agency and groups signed the consent decree, which affects ESUs in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington, on Sept. 12.
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