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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 15, 1999
Jan 15, 1999

1. NMFS STUDIES SHOW SMOLT SURVIVAL GAINS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The estimated survival of Snake River juvenile fish migrating downstream
through the federal hydroelectric system is higher now than it was in 1964 -- before three of the four Lower Snake River dams were built.

National Marine Fisheries Service researchers say smolt survival through
the hydrosystem during the mid-1960 was about 40 percent. Today, smolt
survival through eight dams is estimated to range from 40 to 60 percent
annually.

The survival trend -- displayed in a bar graph ...
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2. APPEALS COURT ASKED TO REVISIT BIOP ISSUES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Lawyers for a coalition of environmental and fishing groups on Monday
said the federal government's approach to salmon recovery errs by focusing
on "life support" rather than aiming to cure the disease.

American Rivers, in a pair of appeals, is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit to require that the document guiding recovery actions
at Columbia-Snake river dams be revamped. The court convened in Portland.

In one case, American Rivers and the other ...
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3. ALUMINUM COMPANIES CHALLENGE BPA, BIOP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Calling it "junk science," aluminum company attorneys on Monday
pressed their appeal challenging the Bonneville Power Administration's
acceptance of a hydrosystem spill, flow augmentation and fish transportation
regime aimed at buoying salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia-Snake
river basin.

Arguments in the case were heard in Portland before the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The petition focuses on the 1995 Biological Opinion for Snake ...
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4. FEDS: EIS DELAY MAY NOT STALL 1999 DECISION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials say though the final version of the Lower Snake River
Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Study will not be completed until
early 2000, it may still be possible to issue, as promised, key recommendations
this year regarding the long-term operations of the federal Columbia/Snake
River hydropower system. Rather than wait for the final feasibility study
document, the federal government could use the "preferred alternative"
in the draft document as the basis ...
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5. DECISION DUE ON 1999 HANFORD REACH FLOWS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Fisheries biologists studying the "stranding" of juvenile
fall chinook in the Hanford Reach met last week with policy representatives
of state and federal agencies, tribes, and the Mid-Columbia public utilities.


A decision is due in February on spring 1999 hydropower operations in
the Mid-Columbia. It is hoped that an agreement can be reached to protect
this healthy run of fish in the last free-flowing section of the Columbia
River.

However, constraints on operations ...
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6. IDFG, FEDS GRAPPLE WITH DWORSHAK RELEASES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A compromise reached by The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the
Bonneville Power Administration on discharge levels at Dworshak Reservoir
has been scrapped due to high precipitation in the region.

Discharge from the powerhouse is set to go to full capacity beginning
Monday and stay there through the rest of the month and into February.


Tensions rose between the state and federal agencies when the Army Corps
of Engineers ordered the reservoir to be lowered by 10 feet late ...
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8. TRIBES RIP COUNCIL'S HATCHERY REPORT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
"Independent" scientists took a double broadside Wednesday
from Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission officials who think decisions
on hatcheries issues are becoming stacked against the tribes.

A Jan. 12 letter from CRITFC Executive Director Ted Strong asked the
Northwest Power Planning Council to broaden its search for candidates to
fill vacancies on the Independent Scientific Review Panel before making
appointments. Strong said one of the candidates recommended for ...
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9. PORTLAND TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT LISTED STEELHEAD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The city of Portland laid out steps Tuesday to work with the National
Marine Fisheries Service along with state and local partners to aid in
the recovery of Lower Columbia steelhead, a species listed as endangered
by NMFS in March 1998.

Portland is the only major metropolitan area in the Northwest to be
affected by a listing of an aquatic species under the Endangered Species
Act. (NMFS is considering listing Puget Sound chinook in March.) The Willamette
River fall chinook and five other
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10. ECONOMISTS WANT MORE INFO FROM DREW REPORTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Economic advisers for the Northwest Power Planning Council say lack
of information is making difficult for them to fully evaluate the economic
analyses being produced for the Army Corps of Engineers' Lower Snake River
Feasibility Study.

In comments on the Drawdown Regional Economic Workgroup's water supply
analysis, the Council's Independent Economic Analysis Board (IEAB) said
this lack of information hampers the economists ability to fully evaluate
the workgroup's conclusions regarding
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11. FRAMEWORK ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The mechanisms for analysis are nearly in place but will remain largely
idle as the Columbia River Basin Multi-Species Framework development team
struggles to identify exactly what fish and wildlife management alternatives
would be analyzed.

Project manager Roy Sampsel told the framework management committee
Thursday that there are five or six "natural sorts of groupings"
of proposed management strategies that have been identified in the 27 concept
papers submitted by ...
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12. OREGON PROPOSES DELISTING THREE SPECIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Citing a comeback in population sizes, the Oregon Department of Fish
and Wildlife Commission is taking the first steps to remove two bird and
one mammal species from Oregon's endangered and threatened species list
and to declassify one other bird species.

Oregon commissioners last month set in motion the process of rulemaking
to remove the bald eagle, arctic peregrine falcon and gray whale from the
state's list of 34-species and to reclassify the American peregrine falcon
from ...
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