Regional fish managers have requested that federal hydro operators provide
water through June 25 for sturgeon spawning in the Kootenai River below
Bonners Ferry, but without penalizing summer salmon migrants in the Columbia
River. The fear is that water released from Libby Dam now will not be available
for flow augmentation in the summer.
The request came in the form of a June 10 "System Operational Request"
to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Technical Management …