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Latest CBB News > Archives > Dec 12, 2003
Dec 12, 2003

TESTING IMPACTS OF LESS SUMMER SPILL WON’T BE SYSTEMWIDE
Posted on Friday, December 12, 2003 (PST)
Any attempt in 2004 to measure the effect of reducing summertime spill on juvenile salmon survival would likely take place at a project or two, not across the system of Columbia River federal hydroelectric projects, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council was told this week by staff and by the regional chief of the federal agency charged with protecting salmon and steelhead populations. Read More...  

SPRING CHINOOK FORECAST PREDICTS SECOND LARGEST RETURN SINCE 1938
Posted on Friday, December 12, 2003 (PST)
A forecast produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife predicts that next year's return of "upriver" spring chinook salmon to the mouth of the Columbia River will be the second largest since 1938. Read More...  

NOAA REGIONAL CHIEF SAYS BIOP COULD ALLOW REDUCED SPILL IF FISH LOSSES ‘OFFSET’
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2003 (PST)
Columbia-Snake River federal hydrosystem operations next summer aimed at evaluating the impacts of reduced spill on migrating juvenile salmon would not necessarily go counter to the government's salmon protection strategy if fish losses are "offset" by other measures, according to the regional chief of NOAA Fisheries. Read More...  

IDAHO WATER USERS URGE FEDS TO CONSIDER FINDINGS OF NEW FLOW AUGMENTATION SCIENCE PAPER
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2003 (PST)
The Idaho Water Users Association this week forwarded to NOAA Fisheries and the Bureau of Reclamation a new scientific paper contending that flow augmentation from Idaho reservoirs provides little benefit for salmon and steelhead, and that the effects of water withdrawals on fish travel time are “small to insignificant.” Read More...  

END SUMMER SPILL? WHOLESALE POWER CUSTOMERS SAY YES, TRIBES SAY NO
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2003 (PST)
A spokesman for wholesale power customers and tribal fish advocates, alternately, asked for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's support in the ongoing debate over "spill" levels at federal hydro projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers during the summer season. Read More...  

YAKIMA FEASIBILITY STUDY CALLS FOR DRILLING EXPLORATORY HOLES FOR BLACK ROCK DAM
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (PST)
The Bureau of Reclamation says it will oversee drilling this month as part of a federal feasibility study aimed at finding options for additional water storage to benefit the Yakima River Basin. Read More...  

BASIN ‘WATER TRANSACTIONS’ PROGRAM UP AND RUNNING TO IMPROVE STREAMFLOWS FOR FISH
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (PST)
A "water transactions" program intended to address mandates from both the Northwest Power Act and Endangered Species Act began opening doors during fiscal 2003 for water rights holders interested in selling or leasing those rights so that the water can be left in-stream to improve conditions for fish and wildlife. Read More...  

COUNCIL ECONOMIC ADVISORS WORK ON FISH PASSAGE COST EFFECTIVENESS REPORT
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (PST)
Economists are working on a report that describes the cost-effectiveness of some juvenile passage measures, particularly measures that could eliminate or cut spill, and how cost-effective analyses could be useful for making decisions about fish and wildlife actions in the Columbia River Basin. Read More...  

COUNCIL TO DEVELOP MODEL SHOWING POWER IMPACTS TO FISH RECOVERY MEASURES
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 (PST)
Staff for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council got the go ahead this week from Power Committee members to develop a model that would measure the impact of adverse power operations on fish and wildlife recovery measures similar to how BPA predicts risks to the power system's reliability. Read More...  

PRELIMINARY FORECAST SHOWS ANOTHER STRONG FALL CHINOOK RETURN FOR 2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2003 (PST)
A first, and admittedly cursory, estimate of next summer's Columbia River fall chinook return would indicate that numbers will again be strong, though not necessarily in the league with those of recent years. Read More...  

 

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