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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 18, 2000
Feb 18, 2000

1. DAM BREACHING OPPONENTS PACK PASCO HEARING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Opponents of dam breaching, accusing federal officials of threatening
their livelihoods and Indians of overharvesting, came out in force Thursday
at an emotionally charged federal hearing in Pasco.
More than 1,200 people, including sign-waving, anti-breaching picketers
and an Indian drum group, attending the hearing, which was split into afternoon
and evening sessions. About 800 people attended the afternoon session where
dam-breaching opponents who testified outnumbered those who ...
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2. BREACHING ADVOCATES DOMINATE ASTORIA HEARING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials were bombarded Tuesday with comments from tribal,
sport and commercial fishers who said their communities and cultures had
been plundered by hydrosystem development aimed at benefiting upstream
interests and by salmon recovery plans that ignore the obvious -- the need
to breach dams.
Recovery efforts to date have focused on technical fish passage improvements,
including the barging of juvenile salmon around the dams. Those efforts,
costing about $3 billion, have been ...
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3. NMFS SUED OVER ESTUARY DREDGING BIOP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Environmental groups and commercial fishermen filed suit this week against
the National Marine Fisheries Service saying the agencys biological opinion
of a controversial project to deepen the Columbia River shipping channel
lacked scientific foundation and will harm young salmon traveling through
the rivers estuary.
Describing a process that had more to do with meeting the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers schedule to send its dredging report to Congress than
with meeting NMFS biological ...
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4. JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS ON CLEAN WATER LAWSUIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A yearlong lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland could decide in
the next month whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must comply with
Clean Water Act standards when operating four lower Snake River dams.
If the answer is yes, attorneys that brought the lawsuit say it could
vitally affect the recovery of salmon in the Columbia River and Snake river
basins.
However, the Corps attorney characterized the agency as one that serves
many masters and should not be held accountable ...
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5. JOHN DAY STUDY GETS UMATILLA AIRING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Umatilla Mayor George Hash led the cheers Wednesday when the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers shared its draft recommendation for no further study
and, consequently, no drawdown for the John Day Dam.
The meeting in Umatilla drew a crowd of about 70 people, the vast majority
of whom supported the Corps recommendation. Comments and questions, which
followed presentations by Corps Col. Randy Butler and the study project
manager, Stuart Stanger, were not recorded. Written comments will be ...
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6. DISTRICTS FLOAT YAKIMA RIVER WATER EXCHANGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A pair of eastern Washington irrigation districts are pursuing a plan
that would, at an estimated cost of $52 million, equip them to pull water
from the Columbia River and, in exchange, leave water in the Yakima River
to enhance salmon and steelhead habitat and passage.
The Kennewick Irrigation District is proposing that an authorized irrigation
pump electrification project, also designed to cut down on water diversions
from the lower Yakima, be stalled. The district instead would like ...
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7. CONGRESS URGED TO ACT ON TERNS, PINNIPEDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A pair of Washington House of Representatives "memorials" would ask
the president and Congress to amend federal marine mammal and bird protection
acts to make them more in tune with the state's efforts to revive dwindling
salmon and steelhead populations.
On Feb. 10 the state House passed unanimously a joint memorial supporting
changes to the Marine Mammal Protection act to allow deterrent management
of sea lions and harbor seals that prey on endangered salmon stocks.
On Feb. 11 the House
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8. TRIBAL ENFORCEMENT PROJECTS WIN FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A newfound consensus among Columbia Basin fish and wildlife managers
has paved the way for the funding of two tribal projects aimed at beefing
up enforcement of laws and regulations protecting spawning salmon and steelhead
and their habitat.
The Northwest Power Planning Council on Tuesday approved fiscal year
2000 funding for a $388,427 proposal from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission and a $425,236 project offered by the Nez Perce Tribe.
The Council had balked at ...
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9. ASTORIA COUNCIL MAY BACK DAM BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A city with a heritage of commercial salmon fishing at one end of the
Columbia River may officially come out in favor of breaching dams at the
other end of the river. The City Council of Astoria is considering a resolution
in favor of removing four dams on the Snake River as one step toward salmon
recovery.
City Councilor Doug Thompson introduced a resolution to remove the dams
at the Feb. 7, 2000 City Council meeting. At that meeting, the Council
chose to take public input and then think
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10. ISAB REPORT SUGGESTS LESS SPILL AT DALLES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Arguments are ongoing about when and how much water to spill at The
Dalles Dam to provide the optimum survival benefit for migrating Columbia-Snake
river juvenile salmon, but river operators can now weigh the advice of
a third party -- the Independent Scientific Advisory Board.
Columbia Basin fish managers and federal agencies involved in dam operations
are in the process of designing a Year 2000 study plan to help them determine
a spill regime that maximizes juvenile passage survival. ...
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11. PROCESS PREDICTS BIOLOGICAL NEEDS FOR SALMONIDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A draft report from National Marine Fisheries Service Science Center
identified three distinct upper Columbia River steelhead and spring chinook
salmon populations and estimated the number of spawning salmon required
in each river for recovery to occur.
The report identifies existing independent populations in the Methow,
the Entiat and the Wenatchee rivers of northern Washington as containing
distinct evolutionary significant units of both steelhead and spring chinook.
There is ...
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