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Latest CBB News > Archives > November 1, 2002
November 1, 2002

1. COUNCIL SEEKS 'SOLID SCIENCE' TO WEIGH DRAFT HYDRO CHANGES
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The potential impacts to Columbia River Basin power generation from proposed changes to mainstem hydro fish operations are quantifiable based on historic averages, though year to year fluctuations in water supply and energy market prices can greatly affect costs and revenues. Read More...  

2. MONTANANS PRAISE COUNCIL'S MAINSTEM EFFORTS
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council draft mainstem amendments are getting praise in Montana, where they're regarded as a policy step toward ending a long-standing conflict over federal dam operations in northwest Montana.

The Council's proposed amendments to its fish and wildlife program could, among other things, alter dam operations to benefit Montana fisheries while still delivering water for migrating salmon in the lower Columbia River Basin.
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3. FLOWS IN PLACE TO PROTECT SNAKE RIVER FALL CHINOOK SPAWNERS
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Preparing for the arrival of spawning salmon downstream from its Hells Canyon Dam, Idaho Power initiated stable and even flows Oct. 14, just in time to ensure salmon redds will not be dewatered.

One week later biologists from the utility and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, while surveying the Snake River below the dam, found 30 redds made by spawning fall chinook salmon.
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4. REGIONAL CLIMATOLOGISTS PREDICT AVERAGE WINTER WEATHER
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Expect average weather this winter, although its intensity and when Northwesterners will see snow at low elevations varies by weatherman.

While giving luck its due in predicting weather, six meteorologists and climatologists forecasted winter weather in front of nearly a hundred people in Portland Oct 25.
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5. JUDGE AFFIRMS HYDRO OPERATIONS PLAN FOR IDAHO KOKANEE
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
A federal judge has denied an injunction request that would have scuttled a planned six-year evaluation of the egg-to-fry survival of kokanee salmon in northern Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille.

The study is intended to further test the findings of an Idaho Department of Fish and Game study indicating that kokanee fry survival is greater when the lake is held at a higher winter level (2,055 feet above sea level) than levels maintained for the most part since the 1970s (2,051).
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6. BULL TROUT SPAWNING DOWN IN FLATHEAD DRAINAGE
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Why this year's bull trout spawning count is down across the board in the Swan and Flathead river drainages is not a mystery to state biologist Tom Weaver.

This year's counts of redds, or spawning beds, can be attributed to record-low counts six years ago -- when many of this year's spawners were born. And those counts can largely be traced back to poor counts and conditions six or seven years before then.
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