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October 17, 2003

COUNCIL SEEKS COMMENT ON COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY REPORT
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
A draft report released for public comment this week by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council describes in broad terms strengths and weaknesses of a Columbia River basin hatchery network developed over the past century, and suggests it is time for some changes. Read More...  

OVER 100 HOUSE MEMBERS SIGN SALMON RECOVERY LETTER TO BUSH
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
More than 100 members of Congress are urging the Bush administration to study the option of Snake River dam removal before adopting a new Columbia Basin salmon recovery plan. Read More...  

FISH, WILDLIFE PROJECT SPENDING RISES ABOVE PREDICTED LEVELS
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program spending in September reached unprecedented levels as project sponsors, apparently, made an 11th hour rush to get budgeted fiscal 2003 work done, and billed, to the Bonneville Power Administration. Read More...  

REMAINING LEGAL HURDLE ON CHANNEL DEEPENING REMOVED
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
The final legal hurdle blocking a project to deepen the Columbia River navigation channel was settled in Vancouver, Wash. last week and, for a brief period of time, that leaves financing as the only barrier still blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project. Read More...  

PANEL DISCUSSES OPTIONS, TIMING ON SPILL STUDY ATERNATIVES
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
The month ahead will be used to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of a set of Columbia-Snake hydrosystem summer spill study alternatives that are being developed at the request of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

IDAHO WATER TALKS HAVE GROUPS HOLDING BACK ON LITIGATION
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
A coalition of conservation groups that filed, and then withdrew, a notice of intent to sue the federal government over salmon and water issues in Idaho announced Oct. 10 that the notice would not be re-filed after 30 days as planned. Read More...  

EPA PROPOSES OREGON WATER QUALITY STANDARDS
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by court order is going out to the public for comments on the draft water quality standards it has developed for the state of Oregon, but conservation groups are already decrying the proposed standards because of their potential exemptions for federal dams. Read More...  

NOAA KICKS OFF CRITICAL HABITAT PROCESS FOR FIVE SPECIES
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries formally reopened its critical habitat designation process with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register on Sept. 29. Read More...  

KEMPTHORNE SIGNS AGREEMENT ON SPECIES PROTECTION
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne last week formalized an agreement with federal, tribal, and private partners he says will provide a framework for the long-term protection of threatened endangered native fish species and their habitat. Read More...  

NPCC REJECTS FUNDING REQUEST FOR TRIBAL TROUT HATCHERY
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 (PST)
A long-held Coeur d'Alene Tribes strategy for rejuvenating native fisheries, and westslope cutthroat trout in particular, to tribal waters hit a dead end this week when the Northwest Power and Conservation Council rejected a plea for continued planning for a new trout hatchery. Read More...  
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