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Latest CBB News > Archives > Dec 19, 2003
Dec 19, 2003

JUDGE REDDEN STRIKES DOWN REQUEST TO ADD UPPER SNAKE TO BIOP REMAND
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 (PST)
A federal judge has rebuffed an attempt to bring upper Snake River federal water projects into consideration during a court-ordered re-evaluation of Columbia River federal hydrosystem impacts on salmon and steelhead. Read More...  

LAKE TROUT THREATEN MONTANA’S BULL TROUT BASTION
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 (PST)
When yet another lake trout turned up in a gill net this fall, it only
added to suspicions that biological corruption is under way in Swan Lake, a
bastion for bull trout in Montana.

"It's not a very good scenario," said Scott Rumsey, a Montana Fish,
Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist who has monitored Swan Lake for
years. "Most of our literature and our experience tells us that lake trout
will usually outcompete bull trout."
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COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW OREGON WATER QUALITY STANDARDS; EPA MUST APPROVE
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission approved new Oregon water quality standards, including standards for temperature in streams and lakes, proposed by the state's Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ delivered the new standards to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Dec. 10. Read More...  

BPA WANTS EXPANDED TESTING OF NEAR PEAK EFFICIENCY TURBINE RULE FOR FISH
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration would like to see expanded testing next year of the long-held theory that operating hydro turbine near peak efficiency provides the highest survival for juvenile salmon.

A proposal to evaluate the effect on survival of deviating from the "one percent efficiency" rule would expand from a limited test at a few units to across all 14 turbines at McNary Dam.
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FEDERAL EXECS SUPPORT MOVING AHEAD ON REMOVABLE SPILLWAY WEIR AT ICE HARBOR
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2003 (PST)
NOAA Fisheries and the Bonneville Power Administration executives "strongly support" continuing to design the installation of a removable spillway weir (RSW) at Ice Harbor Dam on the lower Snake River. Read More...  

LOW, SLOW FLOW OPERATIONS FOR SPAWNING KOOTENAI BURBOT BEGIN AT LIBBY DAM
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to ramp down flows at Libby Dam this week to meet a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service request to provide low and slow flows for burbot migrating and spawning in the Kootenai River. Read More...  

HOOKING MORTALITY NEAR 2 PERCENT: WDFW TO CLOSE UPPER COLUMBIA, METHOW STEELHEAD FISHERY
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2003 (PST)
The fishery for hatchery-reared steelhead on the upper Columbia and Methow rivers will close Dec. 21 to comply with provisions of a federal permit that authorized fishing in those waters, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today. Read More...  

WHITE PAPER PROPOSES “LANDSCAPE APPROACH” TO COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY MANAGEMENT
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2003 (PST)
Trout Unlimited, the nation’s largest trout and salmon conservation organization, released this week a white paper calling for a “landscape approach” to Columbia River basin hatchery management that would move hatcheries from the “production-factory” model to “organic farm-like” facilities. Read More...  

ALASKAN FISHING INTERESTS URGE PRESIDENT BUSH TO DENY REDUCED SUMMER SPILL PROPOSALS
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 (PST)
Commercial troll fishers from Alaska's southeast coast have gone straight to the top -- President George W. Bush -- to discourage consideration of any reduction in summer spill at Columbia River federal hydro projects or attempts to further clamp down on fishing opportunities. Read More...  

ZERO NIGHTTIME FLOW ON LOWER SNAKE OPPOSED BY FISHERIES MANAGERS
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 (PST)
Zero nighttime flow at lower Snake River dams is continuing, but Idaho Fish and Game and the Nez Perce Tribe are protesting the operation which allows the Bonneville Power Administration to sell more power during the day when electricity prices are higher and to stop flow during some nighttime hours to refill reservoirs when prices are low. Read More...  
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