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Latest CBB News > Archives > November 22, 2002
November 22, 2002

1. BPA HOLDS OFF RATE HIKE FOR NOW; REVISIT ISSUE FIRST OF YEAR
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration's top official announced today that the agency will not, at least for now, pursue a rate increase as a remedy for a growing budget deficit but instead continue to scour its own activities and the programs it funds for $500 million in cost savings over the next four years. Read More...  

2. CLIMATE CHANGE BODES POORLY FOR FISH/HYDROPOWER
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Average temperatures will increase and snowpack in the Cascade Mountains will decline by up to 50 percent by mid-century, causing decreased summer and autumn stream flows in the Columbia River Basin, according to a draft report sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that will appear in the next edition of the journal Climatic Change. Read More...  

3. PIT-TAGS SHOW SNAKE RIVER STEELHEAD IN-RIVER SURVIVAL LAGS
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Survival estimates for yearling chinook salmon and juvenile steelhead migrating in-river through the Columbia-Snake River hydrosystem rebounded this year from the precipitously low levels estimated during last year's drought.

But trouble spots remain, particularly for steelhead, whose in-river survival rate has charted a steady decline, according to estimates compiled by National Marine Fisheries Service scientists in an ongoing study that began in 1993.
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4. TWO AGREEMENTS IMPACT WASHINGTON USE OF COLUMBIA RIVER
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Two agreements in a single week will set water policy in eastern Washington that will have a profound affect on the use of Columbia River water.

One agreement last week gave four cities the right to withdraw up to 178,000 cubic feet per second of water over the next 50 years and another settlement this week gave Columbia River irrigators the right to pay for water during the critical summer period.
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5. COUNCIL LOOKS AT FUTURE BPA ROLE, POWER ALLOCATIONS
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council is expected this week to offer its recommendations on how, in the post-2006 era, the Bonneville Power Administration should distribute power generated in the federal hydrosystem. Read More...  

 

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