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Latest CBB News > Archives > December 19, 2008
December 19, 2008

Fed Filing Defends BiOp, Calls Challengers 'Outliers To Consensus'; Oral Arguments Moved To Feb. 20
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 (PST)
U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden said this week he'll need more time to review an avalanche of documents that debate the legality of the federal government's strategy for assuring the Columbia/Snake river basin hydro system doesn't jeopardize protected salmon stocks. Read More...  

Independent Science Panel Wants More Info For Review Of 10 'Accord' Projects
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 (PST)
Ten of 11 "Accord" fish and wildlife projects submitted last month for review failed to make the grade, according to a preliminary memorandum released Dec. 12 by the Independent Scientific Review Panel. Read More...  

Reclamation's 5-Year Study Concludes Large, New Reservoir in Yakima Basin Not Justified
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
A five-year investigation of potential alternatives for increasing Yakima River basin water supplies -- which included the potential creation of a huge, billion-dollar reservoir in central Washington's Black Rock Canyon -- has concluded that no action is the best action. Read More...  

Near-Shore Survey Suggests 2008 Ocean Conditions For Fish One Of The Best On Record
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
Ocean conditions during 2008 for many fish species in the Pacific Northwest, including chinook salmon, were greatly improved because of a huge cold water influx that settled in across much of the northern Pacific Ocean -- a phenomenon not seen on this scale in years. Read More...  

Oregon Surprises Washington On Catch-Sharing Plan; 'Meeting Of The Minds' Necessary
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Saturday deferred action on the allocation of Columbia River spring chinook salmon between sport and commercial fisheries pending further discussions with Oregon officials. Read More...  

Bonneville, Corps, BC Hydro Begin Analysis Of 1964 Columbia River Treaty's Future
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
Hydropower authorities in the United States and Canada are beginning to think about the future of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty authorizing construction of three large dams in British Columbia to protect against flooding in the province and downstream in the United States, and to boost electricity generation. Read More...  

USGS Osprey/Fish Research Shows Some Pollutants Declining In Willamette, Columbia Rivers
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
The Willamette, a large river associated with 70 percent of the population of Oregon, is getting cleaner in regard to some persistent toxic pollutants that are a legacy of past management practices. Read More...  

EPA West Coast Estuaries Initiative Seeks Watershed Protection Proposals
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 10 on Dec. 9 began soliciting watershed protection proposals through its West Coast Estuaries Initiative to support the protection and restoration of high valued aquatic resources in coastal areas threatened by growth pressure. Read More...  

NW Fisheries Science Center Publishes Genetic Code For Fish Pathogen BKD
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
Northwest Fisheries Science Center scientists and their collaborators recently published the full "genome sequence" for the bacterium that causes BKD in salmon -- a scientific milestone that will provide researchers worldwide with the best available information and potentially incite new discoveries for a cure. Read More...  

New Study Details How Ocean Fish Farming Harms Wild Salmon
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (PST)
Farming of fish in ocean cages is fundamentally harmful to wild fish, according to an essay in this week's Conservation Biology. Read More...  
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