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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 22, 1999
Jan 22, 1999

1. FEDS MUST CONSIDER MONTANA'S FLOW FORMULAS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal dam operators have been ordered to pay heed to the state of
Montana's water release formulas in a court decision finding that the Bureau
of Reclamation and the Corps of Engineers have violated the Northwest Power
Act.

U.S. Magistrate Bart Erickson ruled that the agencies violated the Northwest
Power Act by disregarding Montana's Integrated Rule Curve formulas in managing
Hungry Horse and Libby dams during the high-water years of 1996 and 1997.


Tim Hall, a state attorney ...
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2. SENATOR PLANS OVERSIGHT OF 1999 DECISION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith intends to be an "activist"
chairman of a subcommittee that will play a key role this year in Columbia
River Basin power and fish restoration issues.

The Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and
Power will pursue "oversight of the 1999 Decision," Smith said
in an interview this week with The Columbia Basin Bulletin.

Smith said he expects the subcommittee to conduct several hearings related
to the ...
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3. COUNCIL TO REWRITE HATCHERY REPORT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest Power Planning Council staff met Thursday with members of
the Scientific Review Team to decide on how best to rewrite the SRT's Artificial
Production report completed in November 1998.

The report, "Review of Salmonid Artificial Production in the Columbia
River Basin," is a scientific review of hatchery operations in the
Northwest. At the Council's Artificial Production Workshop this week in
Portland, the report was severely criticized for not including some ...
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4. COUNCIL TAKES INPUT ON HATCHERY POLICIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Through a sometimes contentious two-day workshop, the Northwest Power
Planning Council this week gathered comments from hatchery managers, agencies
and salmon advocates regarding future hatchery policies for the Columbia
River Basin.

The Council will incorporate the comments -- expressed at the Council-sponsored
Artificial Production Workshop in Portland Tuesday and Wednesday -- into
a document that will be submitted to Congress in May.

While the purpose of the workshop was to ...
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5. KITZHABER'S REMARKS ON GILLNETS SPARKS REACTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Columbia River commercial fishermen are expressing dismay over Oregon
Governor John Kitzhaber's negative remarks about gillnetting.

"I don't like gillnets at all," Kitzhaber said in an interview
with The Oregonian last week. "They're indiscriminate to fish. But
it sort of has a cultural place. It's been a way of life in Oregon."

Kitzhaber said he favors "getting rid of gillnets. The question
is how you do it. Politically, you have to find some kind of ...
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6. CORPS ASKED TO EXPAND SOCIAL IMPACT FORUMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
and Eric Barker

The University of Idaho has contracted with the Army Corps of Engineers
to conduct forums that will assess the potential social impacts of three
salmon recovery alternatives in 17 Idaho, Washington and Oregon communities.

Results of the community-level social assessments will be incorporated
into the feasibility report and environmental impact statement being completed
as part of the Lower Snake River Juvenile Fish Migration Study conducted
by the Corps. The ...
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7. LOCKE PROPOSES SALMON RECOVERY LEGISLATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington Gov. Gary Locke this week proposed salmon recovery legislation
that would make conserving and re-using water a top priority throughout
Washington.

Locke urged state legislators to adopt legislation called "Water
for People and Fish," which would step up enforcement of water laws
and allow greater flexibility in managing water use for current and future
needs.

"We know the key to saving salmon and protecting our long-term
economic vitality is to solve the ...
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8. CORPS BEGINS ACTIONS TO RELOCATE TERNS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will seed Rice Island and two other
Columbia River estuary islands beginning Jan. 26, as part of a plan to
relocate much of a colony of Caspian Terns to East Sand Island 15 miles
downstream.

The plan is outlined in a final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding
of No Significant Impact (FONSI) released this week.

The colony of 10,000 breeding pairs of terns, the largest in North America,
representing nearly one-quarter of terns on the continent, may
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9. MONTANA TO SIGN BASIN FORUM MOA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The state of Montana has agreed to sign the Memorandum of Agreement
that would establish a Columbia River Basin Forum, a proposal that arose
from the "Three Sovereigns" process.

Federal, state and tribal parties will meet Friday (Jan. 29) to determine
how many of them are willing to sign the MOA, and whether the effort should
continue or be abandoned.

Oregon, Washington, federal agencies and some tribal governments have
indicated they will sign the MOA. Until this week, ...
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10. MADDOCK ISSUES COUNCIL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest Power Planning Power Council chairman Todd Maddock of Idaho
has announced the chairmanships of the key committees that will guide Council
policies in 1999.

Eric Bloch of Oregon will take over chair of the Fish and Wildlife Committee,
with Stan Grace of Montana, Mike Field of Idaho, and Larry Cassidy of Washington
serving as members.

Former Council chairman John Etchart of Montana will serve as chairman
of the Power Committee, with Maddock, Tom Karier of Washington and ...
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11. CBFWA PURSUES 'COORDINATION' FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Basin's fish and wildlife managers say their burdens
have grown in recent years and months with demand for their services increasing
beyond traditional tasks.

The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority is asking that $500,000
be dedicated during the current fiscal year for the extra staff time required
to participate in regional processes designed to shape fish and wildlife
management programs. CBFWA's membership includes federal, state and tribal
fish and ...
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12. PGE RELEASES DRAFT APPLICATION FOR DESCHUTES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Portland General Electric has released for public review and comment
a draft relicensing application for its Pelton Round Butte complex of three
dams.

The current license expires in December 2001.

The reintroduction of anadromous fish to areas upstream from the projects,
water quality improvements, habitat improvements upstream and downstream,
and river flow restrictions are among the measures PGE could take if its
license is renewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ...
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13. IDFG DIRECTOR ISSUES GAG ORDER ON STAFF
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho Fish and Game Director Stephen P. Mealey recently put his top
fisheries biologists under a gag order on salmon recovery issues and directed
his information chief to submit press releases to the governor's office
prior to public release.

That has critics suggesting the department has become politicized.

The director vigorously denied the policies are a sign his department
is succumbing to politics. "Some folks are tying to make it a question
of politicization of the ...
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14. NMFS WANTS FERC TO LOOK AT 'CUMULATIVE IMPACTS'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission to consider the cumulative effects of Idaho Power dams on anadromous
fish in its process of relicensing Snake River dams.

FERC initially proposed to evaluate site specific impacts, not the cumulative
effects suggested by NMFS.

In addition, Idaho Power is already working with FERC on a biological
assessment of the company's Hells Canyon complex of three dams, four years
before it will apply to ...
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