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NWF.221/October 12, 2006
BiOp Judge Tells Feds To Add More Water To Salmon Recovery Recipe

BiOp Judge James Redden told federal agencies last month that they will probably have to come up with more irrigation water from Idaho for ESA-listed salmon in the Snake River than they have proposed so far. The message was clear in his 12-page remand order dealing with the 2005 Upper Snake BiOp, where NOAA Fisheries judged that water storage operations at Bureau of Reclamation projects did not jeopardize ESA-listed stocks downstream. ...more

BiOp Updates Show Evidence Of Little Progress

Federal agencies have sent BiOp Judge James Redden their latest update on the "collaborative" effort to produce a new hydro BiOp. They also issued their first update on the Upper Snake remand, ordered by the judge on Sept 26. ...more

Upper Columbia Recovery Plan Released For Comment

A $154-million, 10-year proposed recovery plan for ESA-listed chinook and steelhead for the Upper Columbia region was finally released at the end of September for a 60-day public comment period. ...more

Groups File Suit To Reduce Harvest Of ESA Chinook In Puget Sound

Several Northwest conservation groups who have already tried to reduce the harvest of ESA-listed chinook by going to court, filed another action this week that focuses on Puget Sound. They say the Sound's harvest management plan approved by NOAA Fisheries is illegal because it allows too much fishing for some stocks to recover. ...more

Early Forecast Calls For Below-Average Water Year

Government forecasters and scientists from the University of Washington are both pointing to a warmer, probably drier winter this year in the Pacific Northwest. ...more

Columbia Fish Numbers Still Strong, Others Miss Forecasts Big Time

A relatively slow but steady trickle of thousands of chinook, coho and steelhead are still passing Bonneville Dam, lengthening the salmon season for both fishermen and fish watchers. ...more

Washington Calls For Comment On Water Management Plan

The state of Washington has released a draft programmatic EIS on several early elements that may play a part of a major overhaul of managing Columbia River water, one that includes development of new water supplies for both instream and out-of-stream uses. ...more

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