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Latest CBB News > Archives > October 3, 2003
October 3, 2003

1. ACTION AGENCIES RELEASE BIOP 'CHECK-IN' REPORT ON HYDRO/SALMON
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
A long-anticipated 2003 "check-in" report describes methodical progress toward implementation of the 10-year federal Columbia river salmon and steelhead recovery strategy -- and meteoric, relatively, improvements in the status of the stocks in question. Read More...  

2. TENATIVE BPA/UTILITIES SETTLEMENT EXPECTED TO REDUCE RATES
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
After increasing its prices by 2.2 percent this week, a settlement among its customers that is likely to be set in motion next week could allow the Bonneville Power Administration to drop its electricity prices by nearly 10 percent by early next year. Read More...  

3. IRRIGATORS FILE LAWSUIT TARGETING HYDRO BIOP'S LEGALITY, SCIENCE
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association and the Eastern Oregon Irrigators Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday against NOAA Fisheries, demanding changes to what the irrigators call "misleading and absurd standards" for the federal agency's salmon recovery planning. Read More...  

4. CRAPO TO CONTINUE FACILITATING TALKS OVER UPPER SNAKE WATER USE
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
Two sets of special interest groups that are normally at total loggerheads found enough to talk about Saturday that they plan to meet again, with Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo as facilitator, to discuss the allocation of Upper Snake River basin water for farms and for fish. Read More...  

5. FEDERAL AGENCIES GIVE JUDGE REDDEN BIOP REWRITE STATUS REPORT
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
A 16-page status report, with 18 related documents, has been forwarded to U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden noting "substantial progress" in the efforts of NOAA Fisheries and other federal entities to rework plans to protect Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead populations that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

6. NOAA OUTLINES CRITICAL HABITAT ECONOMIC ANALYSES STUDY
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
Now on a tight schedule set by a Sept. 12 consent decree with conservation groups, NOAA Fisheries is beginning the difficult work of analyzing the economic impacts of designating critical habitat for 20 evolutionary significant units in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Read More...  

7. PARTIES FILE NOTICE TO SUE OVER THREE STEELHEAD ESU LISTINGS
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
An attorney representing agricultural and home building interests says his clients and others that continue to suffer economic hardship will "go to court again and again" until salmon and steelhead listings they feel are illegal are struck down. Read More...  

8. STUDY DOCUMENTS HUGE LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER FISH HABITAT LOSS
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
Almost two-thirds of the shallow water habitat in the lower Columbia River once available for rearing juvenile salmon and steelhead is gone and the culprits are dikes and dams, according to a new report by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University. Read More...  

9. FEDS DECISION TO DOWNGRADE WOLF ESA LISTING LANDS IN OREGON COURT
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
Seventeen conservation and wildlife protection groups on Wednesday chose Oregon as the legal venue for a challenge to a federal decision lowering the protections for the gray wolf under the federal Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

10. COLUMBIA CHUM ESA LISTING IMPACTS PRIVATE LAND DEVELOPMENT
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 (PST)
The city of Vancouver, Wash., on Sept. 26 denied a landowner the permit necessary to remove trees from his property, reasoning that the loss of cover could result in the degradation of one of the few known spawning areas for threatened Columbia River chum salmon. Read More...  
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