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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 11, 2000
Feb 11, 2000

1. SPOKANE CROWD DEBATES BREACHING QUESTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials who say decisions will be based on pure science and
economics were met with a flood of emotional pleas Tuesday during a meeting
in Spokane to discuss, among other things, dam breachings potential for
aiding salmon and steelhead recovery.
An estimated 500 people turned out for afternoon and evening sessions
in Spokane, the second in 13 stops scheduled by the nine agencies that
are members of a federal caucus guiding Columbia Basin salmon recovery
planning.
As at the ...
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2. CLARKSTON HEARING GETS BIG TURNOUT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Those who support removing the four lower Snake River Dams to recover
threatened and endangered fish made a surprisingly strong showing at public
meetings in Clarkston, Wash., on salmon and steelhead recovery Thursday.
Buoyed by support from Nez Perce tribal members, fishing and rafting
guides from Riggins and residents of the more environmentally minded university
towns of Moscow and Pullman breaching supports outnumbered those opposed
to removing the dams.
Breaching supporters told ...
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3. CLINTON PROPOSES SALMON FUNDING INCREASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service would increase spending on Northwest
salmon recovery by $9 million in FY2001, under the final budget of President
Clinton's term.
The increase, which is being sought on top of a $10 million boost this
year, would fund 41 new staff positions for habitat assessment, population
dynamics, risk assessment and risk management, according to NMFS budget
documents released on Monday.
Overall, the Clinton administration proposed a $657 million budget for
NMFS,
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4. CORPS BUDGET CALLS FOR $33 MILLION INCREASE FOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Under the Clinton administration's proposed budget for FY2001, spending
on Columbia River fish mitigation would increase by $33 million to $91
million.
The president's budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers, which
was submitted to Congress on Monday, also contains $923,000 to complete
preconstruction and design for the lower Columbia River channel deepening
project and $8.2 million for the Willamette River temperature control project,
which is intended to improve conditions ...
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5. SENATE PANEL APPROVES SALMON FUNDING BILLS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two bills dealing with federal funding of Columbia Basin salmon recovery
projects won approval from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
on Thursday.
A measure by Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would
create a $25 million per year federal grant program to help irrigators
install and improve fish screens on water diversion facilities. A similar
bill passed the House last year.
The Senate committee also approved a bill by Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.,
to ...
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6. FEDS ATTEMPT MARRIAGE OF ESA, CLEAN WATER ACT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
When it issues a biological opinion of the federal hydro system, the
National Marine Fisheries Service will attach a work in progress that also
addresses federal Clean Water Act issues in the Columbia River mainstem.
NMFS will release its 2000 BiOp of the Federal Columbia River Power
System in early April for review by other federal agencies. Among other
items, the BiOp will address how operations of the federal hydro system
should be conducted to enhance recovery of 12 endangered ...
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7. COUNCIL MULLS PROJECT APPROVAL TRANSITION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A preliminary outline of Columbia Basin direct fish and wildlife program's
fiscal year 2001 funding approval process would direct project proposals
down two separate paths.
With the Northwest Power Planning Council intending to shift from an
open project solicitation process to a process that will target specific
"provinces" and eventually subbasin, needs, the near future is transitional.
Under recent procedures both the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority's
fish and wildlife ...
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8. REPORT DETAILS RECOVERY ALTERNATIVES ECONOMIC
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Independent Economic Review Board hasn't officially been asked to
review the outcomes of the Multi-Species Framework project's Human Effects
report.
But Dr. Terry Morlan, the Northwest Power Planning Council's liaison
to both the IEAB and Human Effect Work Group, has asked the panel to help
him better translate the consequences of seven fish and wildlife management
scenarios outlined in the Framework economic report.
The panel was formed by the Council to offer economic advice on ...
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9. FORUM LOOKS AT FLOOD CONTROL CHANGES FOR FISH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
One way to get more water into the river system to aid juvenile migration
and fall mainstem spawning is to change the way federal agencies operate
dams for flood control.
The alternatives, however, could add some risk to those who live downstream
and slow development in some of the fastest growing areas of Oregon.
The region is looking at several ways to get that water. One is to simply
raise the flood control limit. Another way that is being seriously considered
is variable flow ...
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10. BASIN FORUM CONSIDERS HABITAT ISSUES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
There may have to be two marginally-connected routes the region must
travel to encourage improvements in habitat on federal and on private lands.
One route puts much of the responsibility in habitat changes on federal
regulations and federal land, which some say are already in better shape
than privately-held land. It also throws an element of central control
over what needs to be done to achieve salmon recovery and the health of
the Northwest ecosystem.
The other route provides plenty of
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11. GROUPS SEEK BURBOT PROTECTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 
By Jim Mann
Two conservation groups have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to provide endangered species protection to a small population of burbot
in Idaho's Kootenai River.
The eel-like fish is a member of the cod family. In Idaho, it is found
only in the Kootenai River near the Canadian border.
Montana-based American Wildlands and the Idaho Conservation League say
the unique population is on the brink of extinction because of unnatural
influences from Libby ...
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12. NMFS ADDS 4D RULE HEARINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The federal agency now gathering input on proposed rules to protect
fish habitat on non-federal lands has padded its public meeting schedule,
though not as much as Washington's senior U.S. senator would have liked.
A National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman said today that a hearing
on proposed 4(d) rules hearing was added in Walla Walla, Wash., per a request
from Sen. Slade Gorton. But a Gorton request for an extension of the comment
deadline from March 6 to July 6 was denied by ...
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