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Latest CBB News > Archives > Dec. 5, 2003
Dec. 5, 2003

CONGRESS SET TO VOTE ON COLUMBIA RIVER SALMON FUNDS
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2003 (PST)
Congress is scheduled to vote next week on a massive federal budget
package that includes more than $100 million for Columbia River and
other Pacific salmon recovery programs in the fiscal year 2004, but
final approval may not come until January.
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DECISION ON REMOVABLE SPILLWAY WEIR AT ICE HARBOR GOES TO FEDERAL EXECS
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed an RSW at Lower Granite Dam in early 2002 to improve fish passage and survival at the dam. Early results showed that both passage and survival improved and that it was accomplished with less spill at the dam. Seeking a lower cost and more effective way to spill water to improve fish survival, the Bonneville Power Administration in October 2002 proposed to SCT to accelerate the installation of RSWs at Ice Harbor and Lower Monumental dams... Read More...  

GOV. LOCKE SIGNS HANFORD NUCLEAR SITE RESTORATION PLAN; BPA WILL HELP PAY MITIGATION COSTS
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 (PST)
Washington Gov. Gary Locke Wednesday (Dec. 3) signed the final agreement officially terminating two unfinished nuclear power plant sites at Hanford and establishing a framework for restoring the sites by 2026. Read More...  

BIOP REMAND PLAINTIFFS PRESS FOR BROADER ‘ACTION AREA’ UNDER NEW BIOP
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 (PST)
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit that has forced the federal government to rethink its Federal Columbia River Power System salmon protection plan continue to press in U.S. District Court for a broader interpretation of that plan's responsibility.

The document in question is the FCRPS biological opinion, which was issued by NOAA Fisheries late in 2000 but is now under reconstruction as a part of a remand ordered by Judge James A. Redden early this past summer.
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CORPS GOES TO NIGHTTIME ZERO FLOWS AT SNAKE RIVER DAMS TO FILL RESERVOIRS
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 (PST)
At the request of the Bonneville Power Administration, nighttime flows through lower Snake River dams will be allowed to drop to zero in order to refill the reservoirs during times when the demand for electricity is at its lowest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will initiate the operations for up to six hours tonight during the eight-hour period from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Read More...  

DRAFT PLAN TO STOP KOOTENAI WHITE STURGEON’S SLIDE TO EXTINCTION BEING REVIEWED
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 (PST)
A federal Libby Dam operations plan designed to avoid jeopardizing endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon is being reworked even as new research shows the long-lived creatures are on a steeper slide toward extinction than was thought just a few years ago. Read More...  

STATES, TRIBES ASKED FOR HABITAT INFO AS PART OF BIOP REVISION
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 (PST)
As part of an effort to prepare for the court-ordered revision of the 2000 Biological Opinion for the federal Columbia River hydropower system, the National Marine Fisheries Service has sent a request for information from Tribes and states about non-federal salmon habitat actions that might be included in the new “BiOp.” Read More...  

CBB INTERVIEW: DAVID ALLEN, REGIONAL DIRECTOR, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 (PST)
David Allen admittedly has only just begun to burrow into the complexities of those issues in his immediate environment, the Columbia River basin, and other locales in the Pacific Region. But he agreed this week to offer some of his first impressions about the efforts of his agency, and of others, to maintain and restore the Columbia Basin's fish and wildlife resources. Read More...  

USFWS ISSUES MONITORING PLAN FOR DE-LISTED AMERICAN PEREGRINE FALCON
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued its monitoring plan for the American peregrine falcon in the continental United States.

The bird was removed from the Federal list of threatened and endangered species in 1999, and the monitoring plan is designed to make sure that American peregrine falcons continue to thrive without the protection of the Endangered Species Act.
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AGENCIES, TRIBES RELEASE CHINOOK SMOLT SURVIVAL STUDY FOR MIGRATION YEARS 1997-2000
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2003 (PST)
Columbia Basin fish and wildlife agencies and Tribes have released the 2002 Comparative Survival Study (CSS) which estimates survival rates for spring/summer chinook – both transported and in-river – from major hatcheries in the Snake River Basin and selected hatcheries from the lower Columbia River. Read More...  
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