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Northwest – Critical Habitat Designations Proposed for Endangered Species

NOAA Fisheries has proposed to designate critical habitat for 13 Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon (Chinook, chum, coho, sockeye) and O. mykiss (inclusive of anadromous steelhead and resident rainbow trout) listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The specific areas proposed for designation include approximately 27,553 miles of lake, riverine, and estuarine habitat in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, as well as approximately 2,121 miles of marine nearshore habitat in Puget Sound, Washington. The proposed rule, maps, and other materials relating to this proposal can be found on our website at: http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/1salmon/salmesa/crithab/CHsite.htm.

However, NOAA Fisheries is considering excluding many of these areas from the final designation based on existing land management plans and policies, voluntary conservation efforts and other factors that could substantially reduce the scope of the final designations. The public is invited to submit additional information and comments on all aspects of the proposed designation. A schedule of public hearings is posted on the Northwest Region’s website (see above).

Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted for 60 days. Requests for public hearings must be made in writing within 45 days. Detailed instructions for submitting comments are provided in the proposed rule.

For further information, contact Steve.Stone@noaa.gov or Marta.Nammack@noaa.gov.



Northwest – Revised Biological Opinion for Columbia and Lower Snake River Dams is Available on Web

NOAA Fisheries has released its biological opinion entitled "Consultation on Remand for Operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System and 19 Bureau of Reclamation Projects in the Columbia Basin." The Action Agencies' Final Updated Proposed Action for the FCRPS Biological Opinion Remand (UPA) is also available. The Action Agencies formally transmitted the final UPA to NOAA Fisheries on November 24, 2004. Click here to view the news release.

For more information on how this supports the twin goals of a healthy environment and a strong economy, read the open letter to the citizens of the Northwest: Letter to the Region.





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