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Feb 25, 2000

10 years after breaching for the system to cleanse itself.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Instead, Kempthorne, along with a host of others who opposed breaching,
suggested other steps to recover salmon. Those include screens for
water
diversions that keep smolts and adults out of irrigation ditches;
installation of fish-friendly turbines known as minimum gap runners;
focusing more on conditions in the estuary and oceans where these fish
spend most of their lives; improving habitat; and ending predation
by
terns and marine mammals.
Kempthorne said Idaho would outline its ...
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2. KITZHABER CALLS FOR AGGRESSIVE ACTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Breaching Four Lower Snake River dams is not the only way, but it's
the
best way to start rebuilding threatened and endangered Columbia Basin
salmon and steelhead stocks, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said last Friday
afternoon (Feb. 18).
In the speech to Oregon's chapter of the American Fisheries Society,
Kitzhaber stressed the need for immediate, aggressive action to stem
the
decline in the region's fish populations.
"Removing the four Lower Snake River dams is, at least for the ...
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3. NW GOVERNORS STRESS NON-BREACHING PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's demand for immediate salmon recovery action
startled some with its call for Lower Snake River Dam breaching, but
didn't immediately swing political momentum in his direction.
Although tribal officials and conservation groups cheered the breaching
statement, representatives of Kitzhaber's fellow Northwest governors
instead pointed to qualifying statements Oregon's chief executive made
during the Friday speech in Eugene to the Oregon Chapter of the ...
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4. GORTON TAKES AIM AT KITZHABER, McCAIN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., criticized two presidential candidates
and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber for supporting or refusing to rule out
the dam breaching option for Columbia-Snake salmon recovery.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Gorton took issue with
Kitzhaber's surprise endorsement last week of a recovery plan that
includes removal of four federal dams on the lower Snake River in
eastern Washington. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, is the first major elected
official in the ...
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5. STUDY PREDICTS BREACHING IMPACTS ON OREGON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A study of impacts to Oregon transportation and farmers shows that there
is a significant domino effect from breaching four lower Snake River
dams in Washington that could cost the Columbia River barge industry
in
Oregon between $4 million and $11 million annually.
The $105,000 study was commissioned by the Port of Portland, along with
the Oregon departments of Agriculture, Economic Development and
Transportation, to explore the specific impacts to Oregon consumers
and
businesses of the
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6. LAWSUIT SEEKS INCREASED FISH FLOWS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A coalition of conservation and fishing groups on Tuesday asked
Portland's U.S. District Court to order federal agencies to comply
with
their own directives to provide Columbia Basin water flows to aid
migration of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species
Act.
The lawsuit notes a "failure of the agencies to deal with the issue
of
flows both in the (Columbia-Snake) mainstem and the tributaries," said
Jan Hasselman of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund.
The National ...
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7. TRIBES QUESTION COUNCIL'S AMENDMENT PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A process for revamping the $127 million Columbia Basin direct fish
and
wildlife program forged ahead this week despite questions from both
upriver and downriver tribes about whether immediate goals are
appropriate and the timeline realistic.
The program amendment process was launched in January with a request
for
recommendations from the region's fish and wildlife managers and others
interested in shaping the Northwest Power Planning Council's program
for
protecting, mitigating ...
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8. LAMPREY RESTORATION RESEARCH FUNDED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Umatilla Tribes on Wednesday gained funding approval for further
study toward their goal of restoring Pacific lampreys in the Umatilla
River to self-sustaining and harvestable levels.
The Northwest Power Planning Council signed off on an overall
"Restoration Plan for Pacific Lampreys in the Umatilla River, Oregon."
It also endorsed $381,000 in fiscal year 2000 spending for pilot studies
aimed at judging techniques for carrying out that restoration. Pilot
study funding had earlier been
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1995, have cost $1.2 million to date, according to a memo compiled
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
by
Mark Fritsch, the Council's fish production coordinator. The cost of
implementing the restoration plan is $2.6 million.
The next steps approved by the Council include 2000 research to:
--estimate lamprey abundance before and after outplanting adults in
the
Umatilla River;
--determine reproductive success of adult outplants, and
--estimate adult lamprey abundance in the Columbia River at the John
Day
Dam.
The restoration plan describes the Pacific lamprey as an ...
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21 and 34 percent of radio-tagged lamprey adults successfully negotiated
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Bonneville Dam on their way upriver in 1996 and 1997. Ongoing NMFS
and
University of Idaho research is addressing mainstem passage.
The fiscal year 2000 plan calls for capturing 500 adults from the John
Day River at Tumwater Falls and from the John Day Dam fish ladder for
outplanting in the Umatilla river. The resulting increase in "larval
densities" is expected to draw natural spawners, which are attracted
to
streams by the presence of larvae.
Link information:
NWPPC: ...
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9. COUNCIL LAUNCHES 'ROLLING REVIEW' OF PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A new approach to evaluating Columbia Basin fish and wildlife
restoration project proposals was triggered Wednesday with approval
of a
new "rolling review" process and companion fiscal year 2001 interim
renewal process.
At the same time the Northwest Power Planning Council approved a boosted
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA) budget that will
allow its members to feed the evolving processes.
A third process, subbasin plan development, will run in tandem,
according to ...
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10. 'FARMED' SALMON HOLD TOP MARKET SHARE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Pacific Northwest's fishing industry will have to specialize if
it
is to survive in the face of the startling growth in the sale of
"farmed" salmon imported to the United States from Chile, Canada, Norway
and elsewhere, according to Alaskan economist Gunnar Knapp.
Northwest, and Alaskan, fishers must refine techniques to present higher
quality products and target "niche" markets help their profitability,
Knapp told the Northwest Power Planning Council Wednesday.
Knapp, who has ...
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11. BIG UMATILLA RETURN OFFERS MORE FISHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Expecting the largest ever return of spring chinook salmon, Indian and
non-Indian fishing opportunities will be expanded in the Umatilla River
this year when the seasons open April 15.
Some 3,500 spring chinook adults are expected to return to the Umatilla
River this spring, said Gary James, fisheries program manager for the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
?It's a real bright spot in a lot of downers,? said Jon Germond of the
Oregon Department of Fish and ...
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12. CONGRESSMAN ASKS FOR DREDGING MEETINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Democratic Congressman David Wu this week asked that a review
of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' maintenance dredging plan also include
public meetings. Wu said the meetings are necessary to air concerns
about issues the Corps may not otherwise address.
In a letter sent to Colonel Randall J. Butler, district commander for
the Corps, Wu said he was making the request on behalf of the citizens
of Astoria, Ore., and others who live in the lower Columbia River
estuary.
?The ...
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13. ASTORIA COUNCIL SUPPORTS DAM BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The City Council of Astoria, Ore., went on record in support of
breaching four lower Snake River dams as one way to restore wild runs
of
salmon in the Snake River.
All members present at the Tuesday evening Astoria City Council meeting
voted to support a resolution asking for removal of the dams. The City
will send a letter to Vice President Al Gore, telling him of the
Council's concerns about the loss of salmon and how that has affected
lower Columbia River estuary residents both ...
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14. FEDS PETITIONED TO LIST GROUND SQUIRREL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Defenders of Wildlife and
the Oregon Natural Desert Association filed today (Feb. 25) with U.S.
Fish and Wildlife for an emergency Endangered Species Act listing of
the
Washington ground squirrel.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife listed the squirrel in
January 2000 under the state's endangered species statutes because
of a
decline in the squirrel's population and the danger that its habitat
is
declining due to an expansion of ...
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15. SENATORS, ADMINISTRATION ARGUE ROADLESS POLICY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Clinton administration officials and Western Republican senators this
week sharply disagreed over whether the Forest Service has complied
with
environmental and administrative laws in developing its roadless area
initiative.
The procedural assault on the administration's effort to protect 54
million acres of undeveloped national forest land that remains outside
designated wilderness areas came at a hearing of the Senate forests
and
public lands subcommittee on Tuesday.
About 38 percent
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