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Latest CBB News > Archives > Apr 9, 1999
Apr 9, 1999

1. HEARING FOCUSES ON DAMS, SCIENCE, PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three Northwest senators at subcommittee field hearing Tuesday gave
a definite thumbs down to breaching the four lower Snake River dams as
a way to restore Snake River wild salmon and steelhead runs.

Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith hosted the Hood River hearing of
the Senate Energy and Natural Resource's Subcommittee on Water and Power,
which he chairs. Also attending were Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden;
Idaho Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo; and Oregon Republican
Rep.
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2. NEW BIOP CALLS FOR HATCHERY CHANGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Proposed artificial propagation programs in the Columbia River Basin
are likely to "jeopardize the continued existence of listed Snake
River and Lower Columbia River steelhead," according to a biological
opinion released late last week by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The opinion judged proposed hatchery operations, and outlined alternative
actions the federal agency feels are necessary to avoid jeopardy to species
listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The ...
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3. NMFS MAKES CALL ON SPILL SURVIVAL TESTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service exercised its authority to break
a stalemate on how the region should study juvenile salmon survival through
spillways at The Dalles Dam by announcing that it will begin to implement
its plan April 19.

The decision will also affect studies at the John Day Dam.

Brian Brown, NMFS' hydro manager, told NMFS's multi-agency Implementation
Team about its decision Thursday after the IT failed to reach a consensus
on the issue within the IT.

The ...
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4. MAINSTEM PROJECT REVIEW CRITIQUED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Mixed reviews have greeted a congressionally mandated independent analysis
of the federal program designed to improve salmon passage at Columbia-Snake
river mainstem dams.

The Northwest Power Planning Council was directed in the conference
report on the 1998 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act to guide
a review of the Corps of Engineers' Columbia River Fish Mitigation Program.
The Council assigned the technical evaluation to the Independent Scientific
Advisory ...
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5. TERN REMOVAL SUIT REFILED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A lawsuit requesting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National
Marine Fisheries Service to come up with a plan to reduce the predator
bird population in the Columbia River estuary to 1984 levels has been refiled
in U.S. District Court in Portland.

The suit filed by Idaho Salmon and Steelhead Unlimited claims that Corps'
actions of dredging and creating man-made islands with dredged spoils has
provided nesting places from which birds can feed upon endangered salmon
and threatened
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6. NMFS SET TO RELEASE A-FISH APPENDIX
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced at its multi-agency
Implementation Team meeting Thursday that the agency would release its
long-awaited draft Anadromous Fish Appendix at a press conference Tuesday,
April 13.

The draft appendix will be incorporated into the Army Corps of Engineers'
"Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Study."
That study looks at the biological and economic impacts of breaching the
four lower Snake River ...
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7. PUD ANSWERS TRIBES ON STRANDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In a written response to a recent Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
letter, Grant County PUD this week said it intends to continue its 1999
operating program designed to reduce stranding of emerging Hanford Reach
fall chinook smolts.

Grant PUD also charges CRITFC with not considering the most recent changes
to the operating plan and of misinterpreting the results of its operations.

"We have carefully reviewed the issues raised in your letter,"
said Doug Ancona, ...
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8. ISAB CONFLICT ISSUE PROBED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A special conflicts panel may be called to discuss whether scientists
hired to offer "independent" advice on Columbia Basin fish and
wildlife issues were out of line to sign a letter that declares dam breaching
the only viable salmon recovery alternative now under consideration by
the federal government.

The Northwest Power Planning Council decided Tuesday that it would be
the job of a special committee to decide if Independent Scientific Advisory
Board members violated ...
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9. BPA ASKED TO FUND FRAMEWORK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Faced with "crunch time," the Northwest Power Planning Council
on Tuesday agreed to ask the Bonneville Power Administration to bridge
a funding gap in the Multi-Species Framework development project.

The Council had been hoping that other federal agencies would fill that
gap.

But the Council decided to ask BPA Administrator Judith Johansen for
$896,680 to complete the final phase of the project. The letter to Johansen
emphasizes that Council will continue efforts to gain ...
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10. SNAKE FALL CHINOOK NUMBERS DOWN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Snake River wild fall chinook in 1998 returned to spawning grounds above
Lower Granite Dam in far fewer numbers than regional fisheries had predicted,
partly due to the way hatchery-origin "supplementation" fish
were counted at Lower Granite.

The final 1998 return number of 306 wild fish is the lowest since 1990,
when only 78 adult wild fall chinook passed Lower Granite. It compares
to a return of 797 fish in 1997.

Between 1992, when the wild fall chinook were listed ...
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11. RESEARCHER: LINK OCEAN WITH FRESHWATER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A National Marine Fisheries Service scientist says attempts at ecosystem
management will have to stretch beyond freshwater environs and into the
ocean if attempts to buoy dwindling salmon populations are to succeed.

Ed Casillas was asked by the Northwest Power Planning Council to present
an update on what is known about the effect of ocean conditions on salmon
survival. He is program manager for estuary and ocean ecology at NMFS'
Northwest Fisheries Science Center in ...
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12. NEW PLAN EXPECTED FOR HANFORD REACH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson will tour Hanford Reach by boat
Saturday (April 3) and make an announcement concerning future management
of the Reach.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Richardson will announce that
management of the Wahluke Slope will be transferred from Washington State
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A USFWS spokesperson Thursday would not confirm the report.

The 90,000-acre Wahluke Slope, which includes bluffs along the Hanford
Reach, has ...
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13. KEMPTHORNE, SAMPSON ON FLOW, BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two of the region's newly seated leaders expressed contrasting views
on two Columbia Basin hydrosystem issues Wednesday in presentations to
the Northwest Power Planning Council in Boise.

Both Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish
Commission executive director Don Sampson stressed that the region needs
to reach a collaborative decision on fish and wildlife recovery strategy.
They also pointed out how hard it might be to achieve a ...
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