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Latest CBB News > Archives > Mar 19, 1999
Mar 19, 1999

1. SIX MORE BASIN SPECIES GET ESA PROTECTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Snake River sockeye salmon no longer holds the lonely distinction
of being the only Columbia Basin salmon species listed under the Endangered
Species Act.

Since that listing has come a trickle -- the Snake River fall chinook
and spring/summer chinook runs in 1992, the Upper Columbia River and Snake
River Basin steelhead runs in 1997 and the Lower Columbia River steelhead
in 1998.

Now comes the flood. This week the National Marine Fisheries Service
officially gave Endangered ...
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2. OPINIONS VARY ON LISTINGS' IMPACTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Tuesday's official announcement of nine new Endangered Species Act salmon
listings were met with cheers, jeers and, in most government quarters,
resolve.

A list of 13 proposed listings in the Pacific Northwest was announced
a year ago by the National Marine Fisheries Service. News conferences were
staged in Portland and Seattle this week to announce that nine salmon and
steelhead species would be listed and decisions on another four species
would be deferred for six months.

The ...
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3. FEDS PRESSED ON FRAMEWORK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
State and tribal representatives are pressing the federal government
to clarify its commitment -- financial and otherwise -- to the collaborative
fish and wildlife recovery effort known as the Multi-Species Framework
Project.

This week: -- The Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission issued Wednesday
a strongly worded letter suggesting the federal parties have "opted
to implement a separate framework process behind closed federal doors."

-- On Monday, state and tribal ...
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4. TERN REMOVAL SUIT DISMISSED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal Judge Malcolm Marsh agreed Friday (March 12) to dismiss a lawsuit
that could have immediately resulted in moving 100 percent of Caspian terns
from Rice Island, a man-made dredge spoil island in the Columbia River
estuary.

However, in dismissing the suit, Judge Marsh gave Robert Huntley, attorney
for the plaintiffs, 20 days to file an amended complaint. At the same time,
he recognized attorney Thane Tienson's motion to intervene on behalf of
Salmon For All, siding with ...
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5. FISH PASSAGE GOALS DEBATED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A panel of scientist says policymakers guiding decisions on fish passage
improvements at Columbia-Snake river dams must broaden their approach by
adopting guidelines which emphasize biodiversity and are aimed at long-term
survival goals.

Members of the National Marine Fisheries Service's System Configuration
Team (SCT) says that such considerations are a part of their deliberations.
But short-term improvements in survival of threatened or endangered species
are a necessary part of ...
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6. TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS DETAILED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A $400,000 study of transportation impacts in Washington State related
to breaching of the four Lower Snake dams says such costs could range from
$132 million to $406 million, depending on "geo-technical" considerations.

The recently completed study by Lund Consulting and HDR Engineering
was commissioned by the state's Legislative Transportation Committee, which
includes both state Senate and House members.

The study notes that wheat and barley constitute nearly 75 ...
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7. STUDY LOOKS AT SEDIMENT, BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An Army Corps of Engineers' hydrology study estimates that 100 million
to 150 million cubic yards of sediment is stored behind the four lower
Snake River dams and that as much as half that sediment will move downstream
over time to the McNary Dam pool if Congress chooses to breach the four
dams.

The study is a part of the Corps' "Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon
Migration Feasibility Study," which looks at three major options for
the four dams: status quo; status quo with ...
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8. OCEAN FISHING OPTIONS DEFINED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Even under the stingiest of three options being considered, commercial
and sport fishers along the coast of Oregon, Washington and California
should be able to bring home as many chinook and more coho salmon than
they were allotted last year.

The range of ocean fishing options being considered could represent
the biggest potential catch of both coho and chinook since 1993, according
to Dr. John Coon, salmon fishery management coordinator for the Pacific
Fishery Management Council. ...
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9. HATCHERY EVALUATION PROCESS STUDIED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A congressionally mandated process to review federally funded Columbia
Basin hatcheries is nearing a major milestone with its release of a draft
set of policy recommendations for review.

And already some of the discussions have shifted to what could be more
difficult terrain -- deciding how hatcheries' successes will be judged
and how those judgments would affect the flow of federal dollars.

Food for thought on hatchery evaluation was offered last week by Stephen
Smith, the ...
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10. HASTINGS OFFERS NO-BREACH RESOLUTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington Republican Rep. Doc Hastings has asked Congress to approve
a resolution that declares its opposition to dam removal as a means to
recover threatened and endangered fish species in the Columbia Basin.

"Tearing down our dams to save threatened salmon is not a silver-bullet
solution," Hastings said today (March 19) after introducing the resolution
in the House of Representatives.

"And by focusing solely on dam removal we fail to recognize the
other threats ...
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11. PACIFIC SALMON FUND GETS BOOST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Senate appropriations subpanel chairman said it will fund the Clinton
administration's proposed Pacific Coast salmon restoration initiative despite
concerns that it might divert resources from New England fishery problems.

After a hearing on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
budget on Friday, Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H., said he believes the commerce,
state, justice appropriations subcommittee will approve spending close
to the president's $100 million proposal ...
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12. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, Grant PUD fisheries scientist:

I am writing to correct some errors contained in the Columbia Basin
Bulletin story "Flows Adopted to Reduce Hanford Stranding". The
section outlining the protection program contained two major errors: these
were both under the situation where weekly average discharge is less than
170 kcfs. The story stated that flow fluctuations would be limited to plus
or minus 20 percent before April 10 and plus or minus 30 percent after
April 10. This is ...
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