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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 7, 2000
Jan 7, 2000

1. NMFS RELEASES DRAFT INTERIM BIOP FOR POWER SYSTEM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a draft of a supplemental
biological opinion on operation of the Columbia River federal power system
to federal and state agencies, along with tribes, for quick review. It
hopes to complete the BiOp by the spring 2000 juvenile migration.
The draft biological opinion, which is a supplement to similar BiOps
released in 1995 and 1998 for the Columbia River hydroelectric projects,
addresses the addition of six species of salmon and ...
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2. NEW REPORT SAYS "INVEST IN SALMON"
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The long-term benefits produced by recovering salmon populations outweigh
the short-term economic gains produced by logging the fish's habitat, according
to a new report previewed Wednesday for Oregon's Board of Forestry.
"Preserving and protecting salmon habitat acts like financial assets.
It generates a flow of economic benefits over time," according to Ed Whitelaw,
an economist with ECONorthwest in Eugene. ECONorthwest produced the report,
"Salmon, Timber and the Economy," for the ...
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3. GOVERNANCE PLAN LOSES LOCKES SUPPORT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washingtons Gov. Gary Locke will not be in lock step with his peers
from Idaho, Montana and Oregon in their efforts to claim more regional
clout in fish and wildlife recovery planning decisions.
Citing stronger priorities, representatives of Gov. Locke have said
he no longer supports a Columbia Basin governance proposal being developed
by Govs. Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho, Marc Racicot of Montana and John Kitzhaber
of Oregon. The governors' staff members met Dec. 21 via conference ...
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4. PAPERS PROFILE FISH POLICY CONUNDRUM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Basing the region's salmon recovery efforts on "the best available science,"
-- a phrase included in nearly every salmon-related state, federal or tribal
document these days -- is easier said than done, according to a federal
researcher.
In a pair of papers published recently, Robert T. Lackey urges the Columbia
Basin's fishery biologists to be true to their science and says both scientists
and policy makers must infuse their judgments with a greater touch of reality.
The first ...
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5. PGE, TRIBES TO CO-OWN DESCHUTES DAMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Co-ownership of two lower Deschutes River hydroelectric dams will settle
a long-standing dispute between Portland General Electric and the Warm
Springs Tribes about who should be licensed to operate the dams. The settlement
had been in the works since the spring of 1999.
Both PGE, which holds the license for the Pelton/Round Butte complex
of dams, and the tribes, which own property bordering the Deschutes River
where the dams are located, have already applied for separate hydro ...
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6. NMFS ISSUES UPPER SNAKE BIOP ON FLOWS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A supplemental biological opinion completed last month blesses a plan
to continue federal operations which times the release of 427,000 acre
feet of reservoir water in Idaho to coincide, primarily, with the migration
of Snake River fall chinook salmon listed Endangered Species Act.
That National Marine Fisheries Services decision was made to the chagrin
of the state of Idaho, which maintains that it has sovereignty over water
uses within its bounds. The Bureau of Reclamations principle ...
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7. CORPS SENDS DREDGING REPORT TO CONGRESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed in December its study to deepen
105 miles of Columbia River channel. The move met the Dec. 31, 1999, deadline
to retain the projects congressional authorization the Corps had already
received for the project in spring 1999.
Meeting the deadline means the Corps will not have to reapply to Congress
a second time to get authorization for the $196 million project. The Office
of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Works could issue a record of ...
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8. NMFS COUNTERS A-FISH CRITICISMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service counters some criticisms, agrees
with others and essentially says, "we'll get back to you" regarding other
perceived shortfalls in its Anadromous Fish Appendix and a late-produced
addendum to that document.
Among the incomplete tasks are rationalizations for differing conclusions
reached by the two analytical methods being used to judge the effects of
alternative Lower Snake River dam operations' on fish.
The federal agency in a Nov. 16 document ...
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9. TRUNCATED PATH WINDS DOWN IN MARCH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With 13 tasks left to finish before its funding runs out March 31, 2000,
scientists with PATH -- the Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses,
a multi-agency Columbia Basin salmon science team -- are saying that their
final products will have less detail than planned when they initially submitted
their budget.
At a meeting this week of the multi-agency Implementation Team, Dave
Marmorek, PATH facilitator, reported that PATH will complete the 13 closeout
tasks given it by the ...
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10. TMT LOOKS AT PROTOCOL CHANGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Technical Management Team -- a group of state and federal power
and fish managers who steer river operations during the salmon migration
season -- is discussing changes to its meeting days and the way it releases
information to the public.
The change in days could affect the ability of river operators to implement
recommendations quickly, while the change in how it releases information
could hamper public input.
At an Implementation Team meeting this week, Cindy Henriksen, U.S. ...
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11. ODFW, TRIBES CRAFT SUBBASIN MOU
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A memorandum of understanding signed by the state of Oregon and soon
to be signed by tribal authorities will guide the way subbasin recovery
plans are developed in the future under Oregon House Bill 3609.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and three central and eastern
Oregon tribes negotiated the MOU in a government-to-government consultation
in November and December 1999. The MOU applies to Columbia River tributaries
upstream from Bonneville Dam, but its template may influence ...
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12. NMFS SETS HEARINGS ON PROPOSED 4D RULES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service next week begins gathering public
comments on three proposed "4(d)" rules intended to help efforts to conserve
14 "evolutionary significant units" (ESUs) of West Coast salmon and steelhead
populations listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Fifteen public hearings are scheduled in Washington, Oregon and Idaho
during January and February on three proposed rules directed at state and
local government and tribal land-use and other activities that
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13. FORESTRY BOARD MULLS FISH RECOMMENDATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Board of Forestry members expressed the feeling they, perhaps
unfairly, had been "put at the point" of the effort to bring state agencies
into conformance with standards aimed at aiding the recovery of wild salmon
and steelhead.
The board heard first-hand the rationalization for 19 recommendations
for changes to state forest practices regulations offered by the Independent
Multidisciplinary Science Team. Those recommendations, documented in an
September 1999 report, are now ...
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14. LANDSLIDE CAUSES TROUBLES FOR HATCHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
No one is ready to lay the total blame for a southeast Washington landslide
on a logging
clear-cut, but state fish and wildlife officials are sure of one thing
-- the silt flushed into the Lewis River has caused troubles at a downstream
hatchery.
And the resulting silt load in the river could cause problems for Endangered
Species Act-listed fall chinook salmon that spawn in the river.
The slide occurred Dec. 16 on Colvin Creek about two miles upstream
of a state-run hatchery on the North
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15. NMFS SAYS COLUMBIA COHO A LOWER PRIORITY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service will re-evaluate the endangered
species listing status of lower Columbia River coho salmon, but will not
commit to a timeline for finishing its evaluation.
"[T]his re-evaluation is -- and will continue to be -- a lower priority
activity for NMFS," wrote Will Stelle, regional administrator for NMFS,
in a letter to Jim Myron, Oregon Trout conservation director.
Stelle said that actions with a higher priority at NMFS are: developing
protective ...
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16. KITZHABER SIGNS UP FOR SALMON FRIENDLY POWER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed up to get salmon-friendly power at
his home beginning this week. He chose one of two green electricity options
offered by Portland General Electric.
Salmon-friendly power consists of electricity generated from renewable
resources that do not impact the Northwests salmon resources, such as
electricity generated by solar or wind. According to "For the Sake of the
Salmon," salmon-friendly power can also be generated from low-impact hydropower,
but it will be
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17. DEQ EXTENDS COMMENT ON DREDGING IMPACTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The deadline to submit written comments on the impacts to water quality
of deepening the Columbia River channel by three feet was extended 30 days.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality extended the comment period
from Dec. 22, 1999, to Jan. 21, 2000, in response to requests from presenters
at DEQs two hearings.
DEQ is studying the impacts on water quality of deepening the Columbia
River channel from Portland, Ore. to the coast. What it decides could determine
whether the channel
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