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Latest CBB News > Archives > December 6, 2002
December 6, 2002

1. FEDERAL JUDGE HEARS WILD VS. HATCHERY LISTINGS ISSUES
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
A federal judge won't decide until next year on a lawsuit by Northwest landowners and development interests seeking to remove four salmon runs from the endangered species list.

Oral arguments in the suit against the U.S. Commerce Department were heard Nov. 25 in federal district court for the District of Columbia.
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2. THIS YEAR'S FALL CHINOOK RETURN HIGHEST SINCE 1938
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The tally of 474,000 adult fall chinook at Bonneville Dam during the summer and fall of this year is the highest since counting began in 1938, and figures to be one of the higher overall returns to the Columbia River in more than a half century.

With nearly 40,000 jacks counted at Bonneville as well, the total upriver fall chinook count swells to 514,000, also the best count on record. Jacks are smaller salmon that return to freshwater after only a year in saltwater.
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2. THIS YEAR'S FALL CHINOOK RETURN HIGHEST SINCE 1938
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
The tally of 474,000 adult fall chinook at Bonneville Dam during the summer and fall of this year is the highest since counting began in 1938, and figures to be one of the higher overall returns to the Columbia River in more than a half century.

With nearly 40,000 jacks counted at Bonneville as well, the total upriver fall chinook count swells to 514,000, also the best count on record. Jacks are smaller salmon that return to freshwater after only a year in saltwater.
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3. STATE AGENCIES SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON CHANNEL DEEPENING
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Oregon and Washington are considering the final permits that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will need to move ahead on its $156.2 million project to deepen the Columbia River channel from 40 feet to 43 feet between Portland and the river's mouth. Read More...  

4. COUNCIL TAKES TESTIMONY ON PROPOSED MAINSTEM FLOW CHANGES
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Frustrations flowed freely over federal dam operations in Montana at a Northwest Power Planning Council hearing in Kalispell this week.

About 20 people, many representing larger groups, generally testified in support of policy changes that are expected to improve habitat conditions for resident fish while still providing water for salmon in the lower Columbia River system.
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5. RESEARCH DOCUMENTS SEA LIONS' IMPACT ON SALMON
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 (PST)
Sightings of ocean-roving pinnipeds such as California sea lions have for decades been reported by fishers and others as far upstream as Bonneville Dam -- more than 140 river miles from the Pacific Ocean.

But their presence seems more in evidence below the dam in recent years, intercepting adult salmon as they approach fish ladders that get them past that first hydrosystem hurdle on the Columbia River.
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