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THE COLUMBIA BASIN BULLETIN:

Weekly Fish and Wildlife News

The Columbia Basin Bulletin e-mail newsletter is delivered  free to subscribers, with newsletter stories posted on this page for approximately one week.  After one week the stories are available to Website Members  in the Archives. To subscribe to the free newsletter please enter your e-mail address in the box above and you will be sent a confirmation message. BECOME A CBB WEBSITE MEMBER and you will receive access to all website postings and the Archives for as little as $5 a month. For questions, contact Editor Bill Crampton at bcrampton@cbbulletin.com or call 541-312-8860



Corps Moves Forward On Multi-Million Dollar Dalles Dam Juvenile Fish Passage Project
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
Federal, state and tribal officials have yet to prioritize which research and construction projects will be funded in the fiscal year 2009 budget for the Columbia River Fish Mitigation program, but they'll have to fit their choices around construction of a second spillwall below The Dalles Dam. Read More...  

Officials 'Pretty Confident' Trapped Sea Lions' Deaths Caused By Heat Prostration
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
The death of six marine mammals found May 4 in two closed floating traps below the Columbia's Bonneville Dam was likely caused by overheating, according to the findings of a necropsy performed on each of the animals. Read More...  

Endangered Species Act 'Impact' Limits Forces Shutdown Of Columbia River Fish Harvest
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
With the prospect of breaching newly established Endangered Species Act "incidental take" limits, the states of Oregon and Washington and treaty tribes have all but ended, for now, Columbia River mainstem fish harvest activity. Read More...  

Council Allows More Time To Assess Success Of John Day River Habitat Project
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday decided, in some corners begrudgingly, to give a long-running John Day River subbasin habitat project another chance to prove the work is improving the health of salmon and steelhead stocks. Read More...  

Council Recommends Funding For Lake Rufus Woods Stocking, 8 Other F&W Projects
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council this week recommended $247,465 in within-year funding adjustments for eight fish and wildlife projects, as well as a $464,000, two-year spending package to implement the Colville Tribes' Lake Rufus Woods creel survey and stocking proposal in central Washington. Read More...  

Corps Monitoring Northwest Rivers As Weekend Temperatures Point To High Snowmelt Flows
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Seattle District emergency management personnel are monitoring river conditions in Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana in advance of the predicted warm temperatures. Read More...  

Draft EIS Considers Additional Water Allocations From Lake Roosevelt
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
The Washington Department of Ecology has released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement that analyzes options for additional allocations of water currently stored behind Grand Coulee Dam. Read More...  

Northwest Has Cool, Dry April, Global Temperature Ranked 13th Warmest On Record
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
This past month was the coolest April in 11 years for the lower 48 United States, and fell into the lowest twenty-five percent of all Aprils based on records going back to 1895, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C Read More...  

Power Council: Northwest Energy Conservation Shows Record Year in 2007
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
2007 was a record year for gains in electric power efficiency in the Pacific Northwest, says the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Read More...  

CBB Shorts:
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 (PST)
CBB Shorts: Koocanusa Refill; Bureau's New Regional Deputy Director; Oregon Conservation Grants; Washington's Healthy Watersheds Guide Read More...  
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