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Oct. 31, 2003

HOUSE PASSES INTERIOR BILL WITH NW FISH RECOVERY FUNDS
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
Congress has agreed to spend $11 million in FY2004 to improve stream
passage on federal lands for migrating salmon and other fish in the
Pacific Northwest.
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UNIV. OF MONTANA STARTS CLIMATE CENTER
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
Big Sky Country is one of only three states without an office of climatology. To fill this void, The University of Montana has stepped forward to start the new Montana Climate Center. The office will provide detailed information on weather, climate, snow, fire, agriculture and much more. Read More...  

WDFW PUBLISHES PUBLIC COMMENTS ON HATCHERY OPERATIONS
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
The plans, known as Hatchery Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), detail the operations of each artificial production program for salmon and steelhead in the Puget Sound region. Prepared in conjunction with Puget Sound treaty tribes, the plans also describe the potential effects of each program on salmon and steelhead species that are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read More...  

FOREST SERVICE, BLM RELEASE NW FOREST PLAN AQUATIC STRATEGY
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management today announced the release of a "Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement" that proposes wording changes in the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. Read More...  

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON WDFW SAGE-GROUSE RECOVERY PLAN
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comments on a draft recovery plan for sage-grouse, which were listed by the state as a threatened species in 1998. Read More...  

PROJECT EVALUATES IMPACTS OF COLUMBIA RIVER ‘GHOST NETS’
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 (PST)
A project to evaluate the damage being done by these so-called “ghosts nets,” and recover them, was cited in a recent Federal Caucus mailing as one of the hundreds of steps that have been taken since late 2000 to improve the survival of salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act. Read More...  

SETTLEMENT: NOAA AGREES TO STOCK STATUS REVIEW DEADLINE
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST)
Four special interest groups have agreed to drop their lawsuit against the federal government on the promise that NOAA Fisheries will deliver its findings on the Endangered Species Act status of eight Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead stocks by March 31, 2004. Read More...  

WEATHER EXPERTS PREDICT COMING WINTER WEATHER
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST)
A collection of weather experts this week offered a mixed bag of forecasts for coming months in a Northwest region heavily dependent on the rainy/snowy season to recharge a river system that provides such benefits as hydro generation, irrigation, navigation and flows for fish. Read More...  

COLUMBIA ESTUARY AND PLUME PLAN UNDER PEER REVIEW
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST)
A draft plan that sets out an approach on how research in the lower Columbia River estuary and its plume should proceed is in the peer review process and is nearing its implementation date in February 2004. Read More...  

BONNEVILLE DAM CHUM OPERATIONS TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2003 (PST)
An operation at Bonneville Dam designed to provide spawning habitat for lower Columbia River chum salmon, a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, will begin Monday, Nov. 3, but at a lower level than requested by fisheries managers at this week's Technical Management Team meeting. Read More...  
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