Latest CBB News | Archives | About Us | Free Newsletter


FOLLOW THE CBB ON TWITTER




SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE WEEKLY E-MAIL NEWSLETTER 



  


Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 14, 2000
Jan 14, 2000

1. EFFORT BEGINS TO AMEND REGIONAL FISH, WILDLIFE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The process of amending the Columbia Basin's $127 million regional fish
and wildlife program began Wednesday with a call for broad rules to live
by, not specific measures for managing fish and wildlife populations.
The Northwest Power Planning Council hopes to rebuild the program from
the top down, establishing first a comprehensive framework of goals and
objectives based on broad scientific principles. The Council is asking
that policies, principles and goals be offered that can be ...
Read More...  

2. GOVERNANCE TALKS CONTINUE DESPITE LOCKE HOLDOUT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Despite a stand-offish policy stance reiterated this week by Washington
Gov. Gary Locke, the governors of Oregon, Idaho and Montana decided Thursday
to forge ahead with a plan to bring the region more authority in fish and
wildlife recovery decision-making.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Montana Gov. Marc Racicot and Idaho Gov.
Dirk Kempthorne have indicated they feel the region needs a firmer grip
on that power, particularly on how Bonneville Power Administration recovery
money is ...
Read More...  

3. MONTANA TEMPORARILY NIXES BASIN FORUM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia Basin Forum will meet Jan. 19 without representation from
Montana. As it set an ambitious agenda, Stan Grace, who represents Montana
on both the Forum and on the Northwest Power Planning Council, declined
to attend, saying most of the issues are being debated in other forums.
"I've anguished a bit over this decision, however while I believe the
elements of the draft agenda are the pertinent regional issues that we
struggle with I yet see little opportunity for this body to ...
Read More...  

4. NMFS COMMENCES 4(D) PUBLIC HEARINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
About 30 people offered opinions Tuesday during the National Marine
Fisheries Services first of 15 scheduled public hearings in the Northwest
to accept comments on its proposed 4(d) rules for 14 species of steelhead
and salmon listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
At the Portland hearing, NMFS Rob Jones and Rosemary Furfey emphasized
in their introductory remarks that the rules are drafts and that NMFS seeks
constructive feedback. They also emphasized that all ...
Read More...  

5. AGENCIES RELEASE HYDRO BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal agencies that operate dams in the Columbia River Basin released
in December their assessment of the effects of the dams on endangered salmon
and steelhead, saying the operations would adversely affect six species
listed as endangered or threatened in 1999. While they chose to not recommend
changes to hydro operations, they did ask to begin consultations with the
National Marine Fisheries Service to develop a new Federal Columbia River
Power System biological opinion.
In the ...
Read More...  

6. WASHINGTONS CASSIDY PICKED TO LEAD NWPPC
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Second-year Council member Larry Cassidy of Washington was elected Wednesday
as chairman of the Northwest Power Planning Council as it prepares to reshape
its Columbia Basin fish and wildlife program and establish new procedures
for allocating funding of fish and wildlife restoration projects.
The leadership change comes as federal agencies approach important decisions
on how to best recover listed Basin salmon and steelhead species.
Now is the time for action on fish and wildlife recovery
Read More...  

7. TROUT SUPPLEMENTATION PLAN OUT FOR REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council has asked the public to judge whether
benefits of a plan to supplement westslope cutthroat trout populations
with hatchery-produced juvenile fish outweigh the potential risks to native
cutthroat.
The westslope cutthroat are being considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service for listing under the Endangered Species Act. A USFWS status review
team completed its report in September following a 1997 petition asking
that the cutthroat be listed ...
Read More...  

8. TRIBES SEEK BIA CONTRACT FOR FISHING SITES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three of the four tribes with treaty-reserved fishing rights on the
Columbia River have asked the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
(CRITFC) to contract with the BIA to invest federal funds and use the interest
to operate and maintain Indian fishing-access sites on the Columbia River.
The Umatillas, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce Indians want CRITFC to contract
with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to assume the responsibility over operation
and maintenance of the "in-lieu" treaty ...
Read More...  

9. FORECAST PEGS MODEST FALL CHINOOK RETURN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
If early forecasts prove correct, it appears that Columbia River-Snake
river fall chinook runs may not show the same leap in numbers that is expected
of their spring chinook kin in 2000.
The spring run is expected to the best since 1977 with much of the credit
given to improved ocean conditions. The fall chinook run is expected to
be average or below average compared to recent years.
A preliminary projection produced by state, federal and tribal harvest
specialists says 232,000 ...
Read More...  

10. STAKEHOLDERS LEERY OF FRAMEWORK PRODUCTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Representatives of two "stakeholder" groups expressed apprehension Wednesday
about the products that are about to emerge from the Northwest Power Planning
Council's Multi-Species Framework analytical process.
A variety of interest groups are now awaiting the results of what has
been described as a massive outpouring of data from the framework process'
computer modeling effort. The framework ecological work group and science
steering committee are in the process of reviewing the ...
Read More...  

11. CLEAN WATER PLAN FOR GRANDE RONDE RELEASED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Much of the upper Grande Ronde River in Northeast Oregon does not meet
state water quality standards, but the solutions are as simple as planting
trees, shrubs and grass along streams, improving in-stream flow and limiting
point source pollution discharges to non-summer dates, according to a report
released by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in December.
The report consists of an assessment of the rivers water quality in
a Total Daily Maximum Load water quality report ...
Read More...  

12. TRIBES, IRRIGATORS NEGOTIATE UMATILLA PROJECT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An agreement being negotiated between the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian
Reservation, Westland Irrigation District near Hermiston and the Bureau
of Reclamation could lead to federal legislation for a third and final
phase of the Umatilla Basin Project in Northeastern Oregon.
The first and second phases of the federal water-exchange project, which
cost $56 million over nine years, delivers Columbia River water to three
irrigation districts, which, in exchange, leave water ...
Read More...  

13. ODFW STAFF RECOMMENDS SQUIRREL LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Biologists at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will recommend
next week listing the Washington ground squirrel as endangered under Oregons
Endangered Species Act. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider
the listing at its next Commission meeting Jan. 21.
ODFW said the proposed listing is due to a decline in the squirrels
population and a danger that its habitat is declining due to an expansion
of farmland in eastern Oregon. If listed, ground squirrels could not ...
Read More...  

 

The Columbia Basin Bulletin, Bend, Oregon. For information or comments call 541-312-8860.
Bend Oregon Website Design by Bend Oregon Website Design by Smart SolutionsProduced by Intermountain Communications  |  Site Map