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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 8, 1999
Jan 8, 1999

1. 1999 DECISION MOVED TO YEAR 2000
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
and Bill Crampton

The Army Corps of Engineers said this week that the "1999 Decision"
on the long-term configuration of the Columbia/Snake River hydropower system
will be delayed until the year 2000.

The key document for the 1999 Decision -- the draft feasibility report
and environmental impact statement for the Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon
Migration Feasibility Study -- has been delayed from April to a later date
which has not yet been set.

The delay in the ...
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2. BPA SETS STRATEGY FOR FUTURE FISH COSTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration on Dec. 21 unveiled its strategy
for selling electricity in a way the agency says will cover up to $721
million a year in fish and wildlife obligations for the 2001-2006 period.

In addition, rates and contracts under Bonneville's "Power Subscription
Proposal" will be designed to build financial reserves for the post-2006
period, when fish and wildlife costs under certain scenarios could top
the $1 billion a year mark.

Under a federal ...
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3. COMPROMISE SOUGHT ON TERN RELOCATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to move the Rice Island Caspian tern
colony 15 miles down the Columbia River in an attempt to reduce predation
on juvenile salmon has drawn opposition from Northwest and national bird
groups.

The opposition is causing the Corps to seek a compromise plan that may
phase-in the move.

The colony of 10,000 breeding pairs of terns -- the largest in North
America, representing nearly one-quarter of terns on the continent -- may
be devouring as much as ...
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4. STRONG UPRIVER BRIGHT RETURN EXPECTED IN 1999
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Basin's healthiest salmon stocks are expected to
continue their resurgence during 1999.

But little rebound is expected for wild upriver steelhead and other
salmon runs that have the potential to dictate overall fish harvest levels
and as well as other activities along the river.

Preliminary forecasts are for a return of 190,000 upriver bright fall
chinook this year, the biggest return since 1989 and nearly 50,000 more
than in 1998. A large portion of that total ...
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5. KITZHABER ORDER EXPANDS SALMON PROTECTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A state salmon restoration plan originally used to try head off federal
listing of a single species will be given broader focus through an executive
order expected to be signed within days by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.
With Kitzhaber's new marching orders for state agencies "Oregon reaffirms
its intent to play the leading role in protecting and restoring Oregon
Coast coho and other salmonids through the implementation of the Oregon
Plan."

The basic philosophy of the new ...
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6. NEZ PERCE HATCHERY PROPOSAL IN STRETCH RUN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An innovative hatchery proposal is entering the final phase of scrutiny
before an estimated $28 million construction project can be triggered.

Representatives of the Nez Perce Tribe and of the firm now completing
final designs for the project provided a status report Thursday for the
Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee.

Nearly $8 million is earmarked in fiscal year 1999 to complete the project
design and begin construction. The bulk of construction is ...
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7. LONGTIME CORPS SALMON OFFICIAL RETIRES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
] A man with a long history in Corps of Engineers
fish program planning, and a future in retirement, predicts the tug-o-war
over salmon recovery science and solutions has only just begun.

Dave Geiger, the chief of the Northwestern Division Salmon Coordination
Office, officially retired Jan. 2 after 35 years with the Corps. The Oregon
State University graduate has spent nearly his entire career working out
of either the division or district Corps offices in Portland.

Geiger bows out at
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8. 'PUT-AND-TAKE' STURGEON FISHERY PONDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A proposal to test the waters of Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs as
enhanced sturgeon fisheries moved ahead Thursday on the recommendation
of the Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee.

The panel recommended that $250,000 be spent this year to evaluate the
reservoirs' ability to support the proposed "put-and-take" fishery.
The full Council will consider the proposal during its meeting Jan. 12-13
in Vancouver.

The committee recommendation ...
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9. AGENCIES SIFT THROUGH 430 PROJECT PROPOSALS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The paper -- and computer data - chase is on as reviewing agencies begin
to sort through the 430 Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife restoration
project proposals vying for $127 million in fiscal year 2000 direct fish
and wildlife program funds.

The cycle for fiscal 2000 began Dec. 9, the deadline for submitting
project proposals to the Bonneville Power Administration. The federal power
marketing agency funds the direct program as part of its responsibility
to mitigate impacts to ...
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10. CANDIDATES PICKED TO FILL ISRP PANEL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The field of candidates to fill three vacant Independent Scientific
Review Panel posts has been narrowed -- to three.

The Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee followed
the advice of its staff in recommending a civil engineer, an aquaculture
and hatcheries expert and a "generalist" to the independent panel.

The ISRP was formed by the Council to do independent reviews of Columbia
Basin fish and wildlife restoration projects funded by the Bonneville ...
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11. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, fishery biologist for the National Marine Fisheries
Service:

This message is providing a correction to the article written by Mike
O'Bryant entitled "Panelists Discuss Compliance with Clean Water Act."
The sixth paragraph of that article reads "We made the decision to
leave the fish in the river",.... That wasn't the decision and I do
not believe I said that. The decision made was to transport the fish. The
notion of "blood on your hands versus blood in ...
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