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Latest CBB News > Archives > Mar 5, 1999
Mar 5, 1999

1. GROUPS FOCUS ON DREW'S RECREATION REPORT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Recreation benefits of removing four lower Snake River dams could run
into billions of dollars, according to environmental and sportfishing groups'
reading of a preliminary Drawdown Regional Economic Workgroup report.

Sierra Club, Save Our Wild Salmon, Trout Unlimited and the NW Sportfishing
Industry Association all claim a preliminary DREW report on the benefits
of breaching four lower Snake River dams puts benefits to river users,
both fishers and non-fishers, and local economies ...
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2. BOR DETAILS MILLION ACRE FEET STUDY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The annual cost to acquire an additional one million acre feet of water
to augment Snake River flows could cost the region as little as $10.4 million
or as much as $189.8 million, according to the Bureau of Reclamation.

The cost to acquire the water, however, is only one of the impacts that
could affect Idaho farmers and recreationists along the Snake River if
flow is increased with the intent to improve downstream passage of juvenile
smolts.

Al Reiners, agricultural economist for BOR
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3. COUNCIL MULLS PASSAGE RECOMMENDATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An issue paper released this week sums up a set of scientific conclusions
regarding Columbia/Snake River mainstem fish passage efforts and offers
draft recommendations about how the program might be more effective.

The paper suggests that it may be necessary to continue pursuing "multiple
strategies" for fish passage -- surface bypass, smolt transportation,
collection with turbine screens, spill, improved turbine passage -- in
order to protect biodiversity among salmon and ...
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4. DALLES, JOHN DAY SPILL DECISION DELAYED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A stalemate over the design of spill tests at The Dalles Dam apparently
will have the trickle-down effect of delaying a similar decision for the
John Day Dam.

The debate on spill regimes at both dams moved to the National Marine
Fisheries Service's multi-agency Implementation Team Thursday after a failure
to reach consensus at the technical level. The higher level policymakers
on Thursday also failed to reach agreement.

The spill test designs will be further scrutinized -- and a ...
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5. FRAMEWORK FUNDING HELP SOLICITED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Faced with an uncertain funding future, Columbia Basin Multi-Species
Framework organizers are reaching out for financial help from others who
might benefit from the project.

Letters sent Monday to the top regional officials for the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Corps
of Engineers ask that each chip in $270,000 to complete the second phase
of the project.

The letter was signed by Todd Maddock, chairman of the Northwest Power
Planning ...
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6. DREW HOLDS TO MAY REPORT DATE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Drawdown Regional Economic Workgroup is publicly holding to the
end-of-May deadline that it set in January to complete its draft economic
appendix.

May, however, is well beyond DREW's original goal of completing the
appendix by the end of 1998. The appendix outlines the economic impacts
on the region of removing four lower Snake River dams.

Many of the studies continue to be behind schedule, but Kirby Gilbert,
a consultant with Foster Wheeler, told workgroup members at ...
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7. FORUMS' RELATIONSHIPS PONDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Now that the Columbia River Basin Forum (CRBF) has officially taken
shape, the role of at least one other platform for seeking fish and wildlife
management consensus has become confused.

"What happens to the Regional Forum and, more specifically, what
happens to the Executive Committee?" John Palensky, Implementation
Team coordinator, asked the IT Thursday.

Palensky unveiled for discussion a set of draft alternatives for solving
a newly created dilemma -- the apparent ...
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8. NEW CRITFC DIRECTOR DISCUSSES APPROACH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Donald Sampson, the new executive director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission, says it will be his job to build consensus among tribes
and other entities gridlocked over salmon recovery.

"Restoring salmon means now more than ever that we will have to
find ways to work together rather than against each other," Sampson
said in a lengthy interview published in the March edition of the Confederated
Umatilla Journal. "We need to be willing to make honest ...
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9. CONGRESS HEARS BREACHING ARGUMENTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Nine Sierra Club members and staff spent the week of Feb. 22 in Washington
D.C. arguing the case for Snake River dam breaching with every member of
the Oregon, Washington and Idaho delegations or their staff and with numerous
administration officials.

Their message: Partial removal of four federal dams is highly likely
to save endangered upper Columbia Basin salmon and is economically affordable,
whereas the current system will probably lead to extinction, jeopardizing
the region's ...
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10. GOVERNORS WANT SALMON FUND BOLSTERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest governors last week lobbied members of Congress to support
President Clinton's proposed $100 million Pacific Coast salmon recovery
fund and to try to increase the amount.

Oregon's John Kitzhaber and Washington's Gary Locke told Vice President
Al Gore of their plans in a White House meeting on Monday (Feb. 22) and
later met with members of Congress from the Northwest. The two chief executives
were in Washington for the semi-annual conference of the National ...
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11. NORMAL-TRACK SQUIRREL LISTING SOUGHT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously recommended beginning
the process that could place a medium-sized ground squirrel on Oregon's
endangered species list. But it denied petitioners a request for fast-track
emergency rulemaking that would have protected the squirrel from the immediate
danger of agricultural development.

After reviewing evidence justifying the squirrel's listing under the
Oregon Endangered Species Act, as well as evidence regarding immediate
threats ...
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12. NMFS' LISTING DECISIONS DUE THIS MONTH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The number of Northwest salmon and steelhead populations listed under
the federal Endangered Species Act could, potentially, double with determinations
to be announced later this month.

The decision on proposed chinook, chum and sockeye salmon and steelhead
listings will be made in news conferences to be held Seattle and probably
in Portland as well on March 16, said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the
National Marine Fisheries Service.

NMFS proposed on Feb. 26, 1998, that 13 salmon and
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13. ARNDT NAMED CHIEF OF CORPS FISH OFFICE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Senior planner Doug Arndt took over Monday as chief of the Corps of
Engineers' Northwestern Division fish management division.

Arndt was selected by the Corps to replace Dave Geiger, who retired
at year's end.

Arndt heads up the Corps' Pacific Salmon Coordination office that guides
Corps fish and wildlife recovery efforts in the Columbia Basin. The office's
focus areas are the Columbia River Fish Mitigation program, the operations
and maintenance program, system operations and ...
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14. SENATORS RAISE CONCERNS OVER SPILL, FLOW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two Northwest senators on Wednesday raised concerns over possible federal
requirements for additional spill at Columbia and Snake river dams to aid
salmon migration.

The issue arose during the first hearing of the Senate Water and Power
Subcommittee under the leadership of its new chairman, Sen. Gordon Smith,
R-Ore. The topic was the fiscal 2000 budget proposals for the Bureau of
Reclamation and federal power marketing agencies. Witnesses included Reclamation
Commissioner Eluid Martinez
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