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Latest CBB News > Archives > Apr 2, 1999
Apr 2, 1999

1. A-FISH APPENDIX WILL ANSWER SCIENTISTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A letter signed by 200 fishery scientists and biologists urging changes
in federal salmon recovery strategies will be answered, at least in part,
with the release later this month of a key document related to the National
Marine Fisheries Service's "1999 Decision," according to a NMFS
official. NMFS is expected to deliver its "Anadromous Fish Appendix"
to the Corps of Engineers' Lower Snake River Juvenile Passage Feasibility
Study during the week of April 12, ...
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2. ISAB MEMBERS SIGN LETTER TO CLINTON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Members of the Northwest Power Planning Council expressed some concern
last week that efforts to use "independent science" to guide
salmon recovery will be more difficult because two members of the Council's
Independent Scientific Advisory Board signed the letter asking President
Clinton to support a return to "normative" conditions on the
Lower Snake River.

Among the signers were Dr. Richard Williams, a University of Idaho professor
and chair of the Independent ...
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3. CORPS SUED OVER CLEAN WATER ACT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Fishing and conservation groups Wednesday filed a lawsuit charging that
the federal government's operation of the four Lower Snake River dams and
reservoirs violates the Clean Water Act and creates river conditions lethal
to salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit,
filed in federal district court in Portland, asks the court to declare
that the Army Corps of Engineers - named as the defendant - is violating
the Clean Water Act and must set a schedule to ...
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4. MONTANA RETURNS TO OPERATIONS PANEL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Montana's victory in a lawsuit over management of Libby and Hungry Horse
dams is not enough to protect the state's interests in the Columbia River
Basin's tug-of-war over water, a Montana state biologist says. Brian Marotz,
the special projects coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks,
says his department is aiming to have a full-time representative on the
panel that makes week-to-week decisions on dam operations. The position
has yet to be established, but department leaders ...
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5. MURRAY, DICKS PUSH HANFORD REACH BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Congressional passage of a bill to preserve the pristine Hanford Reach
of the Columbia River would help the Northwest avoid a court take-over
of salmon recovery, according to its chief sponsors. Sen. Patty Murray
and Rep. Norm Dicks, both D-Wash., said that in light of recent West Coast
salmon endangered species listings, they hoped Republicans would join in
protecting the reach's fall chinook salmon spawning beds. Last year, their
bill died when negotiations with Rep. Doc Hastings, ...
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6. LOCAL OFFICIALS SIGN HANFORD REACH PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Local government officials today (April 2) were expected to sign a joint
resolution endorsing the Hanford Reach Interim Action Plan, which calls
for the Reach to be managed cooperatively by federal, tribal, state and
local governments. The resolution is expected to be signed this afternoon
in a ceremony at the Vernita Rest Stop along the Reach below Priest Rapids
Dam. Commissioners from Washington State's Benton, Franklin and Grant counties
will be signing the document. The ...
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7. CRITFC WANTS STRANDING PLAN ALTERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In a tersely-worded letter to Northwest policymakers, the Columbia River
Inter-Tribal Fish Commission disagreed with a power operators' plan to
reduce stranding of emerging fall chinook fry at Hanford Reach on the Columbia
River and offered a plan of its own that it says will further reduce stranding
of the fish. The letter from Ted Strong, CRITFC executive director as of
March 31, to executives of federal, state and public utility agencies asked
for an "expedited policy ...
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8. SUIT THREATENED OVER WATER WITHDRAWAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three environmental groups said they will sue the Army Corps of Engineers
for allowing a large withdrawal of irrigation water from the Columbia River
near Boardman, Ore. The withdrawal from an existing pump station would
serve the irrigation needs for land recently developed for agricultural
use by Inland Lands LLC. In a letter sent to the Corps March 29, Waterwatch,
Trout Unlimited and the NW Environmental Defense Center said they intend
to sue the Corps for violating the Endangered ...
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9. COMMITTEE AUTHORIZES COLUMBIA DREDGING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A congressional bill passed out of committee would authorize, among
other projects, the deepening of the lower 115 miles of Columbia River
and Willamette River channels to accommodate deeper draft ships, a project
that could begin as soon as 2001. An Army Corps of Engineers feasibility
study the assesses the impacts of dredging the channel from its current
40 feet to 43 feet is in the final stages of a public process set to be
completed by June. However, the Corps says that ...
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10. SPILL FOR TULE PASSAGE COMPLETED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Pushed for continued maximum spill, the Corps of Engineers last week
picked a "compromise" to finish off an operational request to
pass 4.1 million Spring Creek Hatchery tule fall chinook over Bonneville
Dam. An initial request from regional salmon managers had been for 10 days
of 24-hour spill to a 120 percent total dissolved gas supersaturation cap.
During a March 18 meeting of the multi-agency Technical Management Team,
the Corps agreed to the request, but asked that a ...
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11. SPILL AT SNAKE RIVER DAMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The spill gates at three Lower Snake River dams are expected to be opened
simultaneously tonight (April 2) in anticipation of the beginning of the
annual downstream migration of juvenile chinook and steelhead toward the
ocean. The opening of that starting gate was expected to be April 3 but
growing numbers of fish at trap sites indicate an earlier-than-normal start
to that spring migration, according to Paul Wagner of the National Marine
Fisheries Service.

The spill request to aid ...
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12. ENERGY BILL ADDRESSES FISH SURCHARGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Clinton administration has agreed to give the Bonneville Power Administration
limited authority to add a surcharge to transmission system customers if
it is unable to recover all of its salmon mitigation costs from power sales.
The "stranded cost" recovery mechanism for BPA, which markets
power from federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, is part of the
administration's new national electric utility restructuring bill, according
to Department of Energy and ...
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14. CUTTHROAT PROPOSED FOR LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed that one Northwest
cutthroat trout population be added, and another coastal population be
dropped from the endangered species list. NMFS announced Thursday that
a southwestern Washington/Lower Columbia River cutthroat population has
declined so much that it is proposed as threatened. The federal agency
also said Thursday that an Umpqua River cutthroat population may no longer
warrant listing. Final decisions on both are expected a year ...
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15. SMITH TO HOLD SALMON RECOVERY HEARING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power
will hold field on Tuesday, April 6 in Hood River to examine key issues
related to Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead recovery. Oregon Senator
Gordon Smith, chairman of the subcommittee, said the oversight hearing
will examine the federal agency process underway to make a recommendation
on the long-term operation of the four lower Snake River dams. Smith said
the scientific modeling used in the PATH process ...
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16. HIGH COURT UPHOLDS TRIBAL FISHING RIGHTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Tribal leaders from around the country say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling
March 24 that upholds fishing and hunting rights for the Mille Lacs Band
of Chippewa Indians in Minnesota shows that treaties are as effective today
as they were when they were written 150 years ago. By a 5-4 vote, the nation's
highest court ruled that Chippewa Indians can continue to hunt and fish
on 13 million acres of public lands without state regulation. The court
rejected the state's argument that an 1850 ...
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17. AVISTA DAM RELICENSING INNOVATIVE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two large dams on the Clark Fork River have been re-licensed through
an unprecedented negotiating process with just one hitch that has been
temporarily solved. Avista Corp., formerly known as Washington Water Power
Co., met a Feb. 28 deadline to file its re-licensing documents for the
Cabinet Gorge Dam in Idaho and the Noxon Rapids dam in Montana. What set
the filing apart from others across the country was that it included a
settlement agreement that was approved before the deadline. ...
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18. FORUM SEEKS COLLABORATING PROCESSES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The new Columbia River Basin Forum's mission of putting the region's
disparate fish and wildlife interests on the same management path will
start, apparently, with a attempt to define each process' goals, products
and timelines. Though separate processes are ongoing, all claim to have
the same ultimate goal - a comprehensive management plan. Most active on
the ground now are the development of a Columbia River Basin Multi-Species
Framework and the federal agencies' multi-faceted plan ...
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19. FRAMEWORK, FORUM BUDGETS DISCUSSED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Multi-Species Framework process may not get all of the funding requested,
but federal agencies promised to dig deep to fuel the fine-tuning of fish
and wildlife management alternatives developed over the past several months.
And a related process clarified its immediate financial future this week.
The newly formed Columbia River Basin Forum Tuesday accepted in-kind and
direct contributions to get its support system up and running for the next
six months.

The framework process, ...
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20. INTERIM IDFG DIRECTOR CHOSEN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Longtime employee Jerry Mallet has been selected to lead the Idaho Department
of Fish and Game while the search goes on to replace Stephen P. Mealey,
who was fired March 5. Mallet, who was serving as assistant director, is
the IDFG's senior employee with 43 years of service. He started in 1956
and has served as a fish culturist and fisheries research biologist, regional
fisheries manger, anadromous fisheries manager, fisheries research manager,
and regional supervisor in the Southeast ...
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21. FWS PURSUING LAKE TROUT ERADICATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
It may be just a matter of time for lake trout in Glacier National Park's
Lake McDonald. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has cleared a hurdle
in acquiring funding for a plan to eliminate the park's largest lake trout
population with netting techniques used on the Great Lakes. A panel of
fisheries managers recently approved the proposal in a review of over 80
project proposals from across the Northwest. The Resident Fish Caucus of
the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife and Authority ...
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