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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 4, 2000
Feb 4, 2000

1. RECOVERY ALTERNATIVES' COSTS, BENEFITS ANALYZED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council this week unveiled preliminary
analysis of seven river management schemes that shows all the options producing
positive change for chinook salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin.
The recently developed Multi-Species Framework analysis also invites
the region to pick the price they are willing to pay to revive fish and
wildlife populations in the Columbia-Snake river basin.
All seven river management schemes considered in the analysis ...
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2. FRAMEWORK APPROACH INSPIRES CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Multi-Species Framework process drew polite applause this week from
Columbia Basin interest groups that for the most part like the potential
and intent but withheld judgment on its usefulness in guiding salmon recovery
processes.
The Northwest Power Planning Council, which funded the bulk of the 1
1/2-year-long process, on Tuesday heard the results of an initial analysis
conducted on seven different approaches to managing the Columbia River
and its tributaries. The attempt to quantify
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3. DAM BREACHING FOCUS OF FEDERAL ALL-H HEARING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials heard repeated pleas about the need to restore salmon
populations, and preserve the economic functions fueled the Columbia Basin's
hydroelectric system, during the first in a series of public meetings planned
around the region to gather public comment on fish recovery planning efforts.
The Thursday meeting in Portland was intended to air several federal
efforts, but a list of nearly seventy commentators during an afternoon
session focused primarily on the prospect of ...
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4. COUNCIL CRITIQUES RECOVERY PLAN 'STRAWMAN'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A first attempt to describe what the future Northwest Power Planning
Council fish and wildlife program might contain did what the "strawman"
is intended to do -- stimulate discussion about how to produce the best
results from the expenditure of hydroelectric dollars.
The sample "strawman" produced by Council staff received a verbal editing
Tuesday by council members who criticized the document as being indecisive
and occasionally pulling punches, particularly on the issue of dam ...
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5. POTLATCH PERMIT PROMPTS HUGE MEETING TURNOUT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Potlatch Corp. employees packed a meeting in Lewiston last week to protest
the temperature standard included in a draft pollution permit governing
the company's wastewater discharge in the Snake River.
About 1,500 people crowded into Warrior Gym at Lewis Clark State College,
where the Environmental Protection Agency took public comment on the draft
permit. Strict temperature standards in the draft may require Potlatch
to spend $25 million on a refrigeration plant to cool its wastewater ...
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6. FINAL BRIEFS FILED IN CLEAN WATER SUIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Final legal briefs have been filed in a lawsuit that pits environmental
groups against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and could decide whether
Corps operations are the cause of water temperatures and dissolved gas
levels in the lower Snake River that exceed Washingtons water quality
standards.
Environmentalists say they want the Corps to operate the dams in a way
that would result in compliance with the Clean Water Act, but James Buchal,
attorney for the Columbia River Alliance, ...
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7. FRAMPTON PLEDGES CONSULTATIONS WITH TRIBES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Following a meeting between Columbia River Indian tribes and federal
agencies in Washington, D.C., last week, the White House Council on Environmental
Quality has pledged the government will consult them on salmon issues,
including the All-H recovery approach.
The assurance was made by CEQ Chairman George Frampton in a Jan. 28
letter to Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Executive Director
Don Sampson.
While federal agencies at the regional level will be focusing on ...
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8. COUNCIL OKS MORE FY 2000 PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Funding approvals were granted Tuesday for 11 of 42 fiscal year 2000
"innovative" projects, a $1.6 million project cost overrun and for an extension
of a Hanford Reach juvenile salmon stranding study.
In approving a fiscal year 2000 decision document, the Northwest Power
Council closed the door on five projects proposed for funding by the Shoshone-Paiute
Tribes, but left the door ajar for much-debated dissolved gas and conservation
enforcement projects supported by the Columbia River ...
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9. ISAB AGREES TO COMPARE KEY RECOVERY MODELS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Review of the primary analytical processes being used in Columbia Basin
recovery planning, and a hard look at the region's fish harvest practices,
head the near-term work list for the independent science group assembled
three years ago by the Northwest Power Planning Council and the National
Marine Fisheries Service.
Due also in the coming months will be a review of the impacts of Columbia
River estuary conditions and management on the Council's efforts to "protect,
mitigate and ...
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10. TRIBES MOVE FORWARD ON LAMPREY RESTORATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In June, 550 adult lampreys will be released into the Umatilla River
in a restoration program being conducted by the Confederated Tribes of
the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
The Tribes will follow a supplementation plan developed over the last
two years in a project expected to be approved Feb. 22 by the Northwest
Power Planning Council and funded by Bonneville Power Administration.
The lampreys, commonly but erroneously referred to as eels, will
be planted in the river to naturally ...
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11. ARGUMENTS PUSHED ON OREGON WATER WITHDRAWAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three conservation groups asked the U.S. District Court in Portland
for an endangered species consultation and a water withdrawal plan before
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers allows Inland Land, LLC to withdraw any
more water from the Columbia River to irrigate desert farmland near Boardman,
Ore.
The brief was filed Jan. 22 by Kristen Boyles of the Earthjustice Legal
Defense Fund on behalf of WaterWatch of Oregon, Trout Unlimited and the
Northwest Environmental Defense Center. This is ...
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12. HEARING FOCUSES ON REVAMPING ESA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
During a House Resources Committee hearing this week on an industry-backed
bill to reform the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, R
Idaho, instead called for repealing the entire law.
Other Western Republican committee members, who support the measure,
H.R. 3160, said it would make incremental but beneficial changes in a law
they said was not working to save species. The bill would increase the
influence of private landowners and states over species protection ...
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13. CORPS DEVELOPS DISSOLVED GAS MODELING SYSTEM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In the near future, the Columbia River operating agencies will be able
to model the effects dam operations and structural alterations to dams
have on total dissolved gas levels. The computer model could even help
the interagency Technical Management Team make weekly in-season fish management
decisions.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed a system total dissolved
gas computer model that will help the region analyze gas abatement measures
at specific Columbia River and Snake ...
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