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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 29, 1999
Jan 29, 1999

1. ISAB URGES MORE WORK ON ADULT PASSAGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A scientific panel charged with reviewing the Army Corps of Engineers'
capital construction program at Columbia/Snake River dams says not enough
is being done to improve passage for spawning salmon and steelhead.

More research is needed to determine exactly how many adult salmon and
steelhead make it past the dams, and if they are in good enough shape to
complete their journey and spawn successfully, says a report by the Independent
Science Advisory Board.

The adult passage ...
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2. FISH, POWER MANAGERS DEBATE SPILL AT DALLES, JOHN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Planning 1999 migration season operations at The Dalles and John Day
dams has stirred up a regional debate over how best to manage an experimental
spill regime for fish that has at stake millions of dollars in power revenues.


National Marine Fisheries Service scientists believe their 1997 and
1998 studies of fish passage survival support reducing spill at The Dalles
and testing 24-hour spill at John Day.

Other regional interests, however, are lining up to criticize the ...
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3. CLINTON PROPOSES $100 MILLION FOR SALMON RECOVERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Committing federal aid to help bring back Pacific Coast salmon runs,
President Bill Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a new budget proposal for
$100 million in state and local grants.

Clinton and Vice President Al Gore made the announcement in a telephone
conference call to three governors and other West Coast officials who had
sought twice that amount. News media were allowed to listen to the conversation
but not to ask questions.

The proposed Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund will be
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4. FEDS TO GIVE NEW VOICE TO STATE RECOVERY PLANS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's office and the National Marine Fisheries
Service announced last Friday (Jan. 22) they had dropped their appeals
of federal court ruling that, in essence, forced an Endangered Species
Act listing for Oregon coastal coho salmon.

The state had tried to avert the listing through remedial actions prescribed
in its Coastal Salmon Restoration Plan. NMFS, in deference to the state
plan, opted last spring not to list the coastal coho.

But U.S. District Court ...
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5. GORTON SENDS MESSAGE ON MCNARY DRAWDOWN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Army Corps of Engineers officials say it was a misunderstanding which
prompted Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton's letter this week expressing
concern that the Corps might be initiating a preliminary study on the impacts
of drawing down the pool behind McNary Dam and reconfiguring the lower
Columbia River system.

Corps officials say they have no plans to do such work during the current
fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1. Any proposal to evaluate a McNary drawdown
in Fiscal Year ...
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6. ODFW COMMISSION DEFERS DAM REMOVAL ENDORSEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission, after listening to arguments
on why it should endorse removing four Lower Snake River dams for biological
reasons, chose instead to seek further information.

At their regularly scheduled meeting last Friday (Jan. 22), commissioners
listened to ODFW staff, along with Idaho Fish and Game staff, outline conclusions
from the Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypothesis (PATH) report. The Idaho
Fish and Game Commission last year endorsed the breaching ...
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7. NEW RADIO TAG COULD MONITOR FISH STRESSES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Columbia River Basin fish managers on Monday heard about a plan to develop
a radio tag that biologists feel has the potential to pinpoint major sources
of stress which increase mortality in migrating salmon.

The "bi-directional" tags used in the envisioned telemetry
system would allow researchers to tap instantly information about an individual
fish's physical condition, as well as environmental "events"
that may have caused that physical condition to change for ...
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8. NEZ PERCE TRIBE GETS $39 MILLION FOR FISH LOSSES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A protracted legal battle came to a close earlier this month when Avista
Corp. (formerly Washington Water Power) agreed to pay the Nez Perce Tribe
more than $39 million over the next 44 years as compensation for lost fishing
opportunities.

A mediator determined that a potential harvest of 1.5 million fish was
lost during the years the Grangeville and Lewiston dams blocked access
of salmon and steelhead to their historic Clearwater River spawning grounds
in central Idaho.

The ...
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9. NORTHWEST SALMON, BIRDS DOMINATE ESA SPENDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
WASHINGTON - The federal government spent more than $325 million on
threatened and endangered species in 1995, an 800 percent increase over
1989, according to a report released Thursday by a congressional committee.

In terms of individual species, five of the 10 highest expenditures
in 1995 were for Northwest salmon and birds, according to the House Resources
Committee.

The congressionally-mandated Fish and Wildlife Service funding report
was required to have been released more ...
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10. PUBLIC MEETINGS SET ON DEEP DRAWDOWN OF JOHN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers will begin a round of public meetings next
week to explain "Phase I" of a $3.3 million study of deep drawdown
options for John Day Dam.

The meetings will be: Feb. 4, Juneau, at Frontier Suites Airport Hotel;
Feb. 9, Helena, Jorgenson's Holiday Inn; Feb. 11, Lewiston, Sacajewa Motor
Inn; Feb. 17, Portland, World Trade Center; Feb. 23, Umatilla, Desert River
Inn; Feb. 25, Pasco, Doubletree Inn.

Each meeting will begin with an open house from ...
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11. MANAGERS REMAIN WARY OF HATCHERY REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Critics have said hatchery operators are bound to buck suggestions that
would change the well-funded status quo.

But Columbia Basin's fish and wildlife managers insist that they just
want to make sure their points of view and good work are not ignored as
the Northwest Power Planning Council prepares artificial production policy
recommendations for Congress.

Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority members on Monday were the
first, at least in a public forum, to hear whether ...
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12. NWPPC INVITES QUESTIONS TO PATH SCIENTISTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council and the National Marine Fisheries
Service will jointly host a public meeting February 25 for those who want
to learn more about the work of the scientific group known as PATH (Plan
for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses).

PATH scientists will answer questions, mostly those submitted in advance,
about their analysis of data and hypotheses concerning salmon survival
in the lower Snake and Columbia rivers. The meeting will run from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. ...
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13. ODFW PREDICTS INCREASE IN WILLAMETTE CHINOOK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is forecasting an increase
in the number of Willamette spring chinook returning this year, but is
telling anglers the increase isn't large enough for the Commission to consider
lengthening the fishing week to seven days.

ODFW is expecting the 1999 return to rise to 46,500, slightly higher
than the 1998 run of 45,100, and well above 1996 and 1997 returns that
averaged fewer than 35,000.

Despite the improvement, ODFW said, the run size is still
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14. SURVEY: CITIZENS SUPPORT IDFG FUNDING CHANGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An independent survey of Idaho citizens found that the public would
support the use of state general funds to help finance Idaho wildlife and
linking the cost of hunting and fishing licenses to agency costs.

The survey was requested by a committee of Idaho citizens formed to
address Idaho Fish and Game funding and will be used to inform state legislators
in 1999.

Respondents were asked questions about proposed increases in hunting
and fishing license fees, and the use of a small ...
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15. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, NMFS:

I wish to add a bit of clarity to the article on Hanford Reach issues
in the Jan 11-15 issue of the CBB.

The third paragraph on the Hanford issue stated NMFS' 1995 Biological
Opinion may be an impediment to developing a solution to the stranding
issue. The factor causing stranding is power peaking operations and associated
water level fluctuations in the mid-Columbia reach.

Provisions of the Opinion need to be considered in developing a solution
to this problem, but ...
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