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Latest CBB News > Archives > Feb 26, 1999
Feb 26, 1999

1. FEDERAL AGENCIES POINTS TOWARD NEW BIOP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The "federal family" has charted a course that could produce
the promised "1999 Decision" in the form of a National Marine
Fisheries Service biological opinion in the late winter-early spring of
2000, according to a NMFS official.

The exact shape and scope of the decision is still under discussion
within a federal caucus but the process will produce at "bare minimum"
a decision on operation and/or modification of four Lower Snake River dams,
according ...
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2. SCIENCE PANEL SUGGESTS MAINSTEM CHANGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The legacy of attempts to ease salmon passage through Columbia-Snake
river dams is limited short-term successes and long-term (at least to-date)
failure, according to a scientific panel assigned to review the Corps of
Engineers' mainstem fish mitigation program.

The panel is recommending a more biologically-driven approach in further
planning of mainstem dam passage improvements.

The Northwest Power Planning Council was directed by Congress in the
conference report for 1998 Energy and
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3. PATH SCIENTISTS DETAIL RESULTS, UNCERTAINTIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Will the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams lead to the recovery
of endangered spring/summer chinook in the Snake River Basin?

Maybe. Maybe not. The answer depends on knowing whether the hydrosystem,
through direct and delayed mortality, is killing most of the fish or whether
it's something else -- poor ocean conditions, hatchery impacts, or multiple
factors.

On Thursday, a "Technical Forum on PATH" repeated the primary
conclusion of PATH's 1998 Final Report -- ...
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4. JOHN DAY DRAWDOWN IDEA JEERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
UMATILLA - Farmers and ranchers, economists and politicians offered
new verses but sang the same "hell no" chorus during a pair of
public hearings last week to discuss the Corps of Engineers' study to determine
whether drawdown of the John Day Pool justifies more research.

The Corps' $3.3-million "Phase I" study will compare the potential
costs of a John Day Dam drawdown against the potential benefits to salmon
restoration. The Corps is expected to deliver a ...
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5. HATCHERY POLICY PROPOSAL GOES PUBLIC
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Four members of the advisory committee that helped form a draft Columbia
Basin artificial production policy statement kicked off a public review
of the document Wednesday with a touch of praise and a strong dose of skepticism.

The Northwest Power Planning Council voted to release for public comment
its "Columbia Basin Hatcheries: A Program in Transition" policy
statement. A final version would be the key document in a "formal
recommendation for a coordinated policy for the
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6. U.S. ENVOY CONSIDERED FOR TREATY TALKS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The White House within two weeks is expected to name a special high-level
envoy in a new effort to resolve the long running dispute between the United
States and Canada over ocean harvest of each other's salmon stocks.

Under a 1985 U.S.-Canada treaty, the two countries are supposed to agree
each year on a harvest regime for intermingled ocean salmon fisheries,
one that conserves each other's stocks while providing a catch roughly
equal to the salmon produced by the country of origin. But
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7. DRAWDOWN COST ESTIMATE INCREASED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The estimated annual impact of removing four lower Snake River dams
from the hydropower system increased by about $30 million per year when
the economic impact on the transmission system was added into a Drawdown
Regional Economic Workgroup (DREW) analysis this month.

According to the draft hydropower impact report, removal of the four
dams could now cost the region a low of $180 million to a high of $390
million annually, a change from previously-reported impacts that ranged
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8. POWER COUNCIL OKS 'COORDINATION' FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council Wednesday reluctantly agreed that
extra money is needed to prepare its year 2000 direct fish and wildlife
program work plan.

The Council voted to allow the expenditure of up to $300,000 for extra
time spent by state and tribal fish and wildlife managers in preparing
the Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan. The Council recommendation will
be forwarded to the Bonneville Power Administration, which funds the $127
million Council program.

The ...
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9. FRAMEWORK ALTERNATIVES AIRED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Participants in the development of a multi-species management framework
used a Portland public meeting to tout their project's potential to bring
order to fish and wildlife decision making.

The Monday meeting came at a turning point in the framework committee's
own processes. Work will now shift from the initial development of a broad
range of policy alternatives to the first scientific scrutiny at those
alternatives' potential biological and economic consequences.

The initial ...
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10. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, Fish and Wildlife Policy Analyst and Charlie
Grist, Energy Policy Analyst, of the Oregon Office - NW Power Planning
Council.

RE: CBB 02/19/99, BPA MAKES CASE ON REVENUES LOST TO SPILL

It should be noted that under the MOA signed by the federal family for
Bonneville's fish and wildlife expenditures for the period 1996-2001, Bonneville
receives "credit" for a rolling average of $183M per year for
lost revenues.

Since initiation of the MOA, Bonneville has estimated, on ...
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