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Latest CBB News > Archives > Nov 7, 2003
Nov 7, 2003

CONGRESS CUTS BUSH’S BASIN SALMON BUDGET; BOOSTS CHANNEL DEEPENING FUNDS
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers received $85 million in construction
funds for salmon mitigation projects at the eight federal dams on the
Columbia and Snake rivers, the largest Northwest recovery program.
That is the same as this year's amount but $10 million less than Bush
sought in his FY2004 budget. The program pays for fish screens,
collectors, ladders and passage improvements, including the
downstream migrant juvenile fish bypass at Bonneville Dam.
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RIVER OPERATORS ASSESS 2003 DAM/RESERVOIR OPERATIONS FOR FISH
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST)
This year river managers found significant successes in using water from Dworshak Dam to cool Snake River water into mid-September, two weeks beyond operations called for by the NOAA Fisheries 2000 biological opinion. In addition, it was noted at the meeting that changes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' flood control operations this spring resulted in additional water available from Dworshak reservoir that could be used when it was needed the most. Read More...  

MONTANA WARY OVER CORPS PROPOSAL TO INCREASE SPILL AT LIBBY DAM
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST)
Montana officials say the spills suggested by the Corps would create
dissolved gases in the river that would exceed state water quality standards
and threaten trout populations just below the dam. While the letter does not
expressly request it, exceeding state standards would need approval from the
Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
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STATE, FED OFFICIALS DISCUSS BIOP REWRITE/SUBBASIN PLANNING INTEGRATION
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST)
Subbasin planning participants responded coolly this week to the prospect that they will be asked to redirect some portion of their energies to help NOAA Fisheries shape a new biological opinion regarding operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System. Read More...  

WORK GROUPS LOOK AT METHODS TO EVALUATE SUMMER SPILL CHANGES
Posted on Friday, November 07, 2003 (PST)
The BiOp assumes that spill provides the highest passage survival for juveniles through the federal hydroelectric system, but some believe that spill can be reduced and the lower survival of migrants can be compensated with offset measures, such as predator control or changes in operations at dams. Read More...  

ONE-YEAR BIOP IMPLEMENTATION FISH RECOVERY PLAN DUE MID-NOVEMBER; UNCERTAINTIES ABOUND
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST)
Federal representatives said at a multi-agency Implementation Team meeting today that they would complete the fiscal year 2004 one-year Implementation Plan for salmon and steelhead recovery in mid-November, but that the plan will contain uncertainties, leaving it open to future changes. Read More...  

RIVER FLOWS FOR LISTED CHUM CONTINUE AT LIMITED, DAYTIME OPERATIONS
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST)
Despite the presence of the chum salmon, listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened, the Technical Management Team this week agreed to change operations at the dam only if the change doesn't impact the amount of water stored in Lake Roosevelt, backed up behind Grand Coulee Dam, and if it continues to give the Bonneville Power Administration the flexibility it needs at the dam to move water at critical times. Read More...  

RIVER MANAGERS SEND FISH SPILL TRIGGER DECISION BACK TO TOP FEDERAL EXECS
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST)
With information in hand that using fish passage data could extend summer spill beyond August 31 in eight out of 13 years, and into October in one of 13 years, the multi-agency Implementation Team decided today to ask top-ranking regional federal executives whether it should continue its investigation into developing new criteria for ending summer spill. Read More...  

CRITFC TRIBES REPORT SUCCESSFUL 2003 CHINOOK, STEELHEAD FISHERY
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission said Wednesday that tribal fishermen caught almost 126,000 fall chinook in nets and from platforms this fall, accounting for about one quarter of the fall chinook run this year that made it to Bonneville Dam. Read More...  

ALASKA SALMON CATCH 22 MILLION FISH OVER FORECAST
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003 (PST)
The commercial harvest totaled 173.3 million fish, about 22 million fish over the 2003 forecast level of 150.9 million fish. Read More...  
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