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Latest CBB News > Archives > Apr 14, 2000
Apr 14, 2000

1. NW SENATORS GRILL FEDS ON SALMON RECOVERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two Northwest Republican senators
this week said they suspect the delay
of federal agencies' recommendation
for modifying or removing lower
Snake River dams to improve salmon
recovery is aimed at helping Vice
President Al Gore's presidential
campaign.
Army Corps of Engineers Brig.
Gen. Carl Strock said the agency recently
granted a 30-day extension of
the public comment period on its final
environmental impact, which had
been scheduled for completion in
October. The extension ...
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2. COURT ORDER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Harassment of Caspian terns in
the lower Columbia River estuary ran into
a roadblock this week when environmental
groups filed for an injunction
against hazing the birds on Rice
Island. The filing resulted in a
temporary restraining order stopping
the hazing until at least April 24,
when a Seattle U.S. District
Court will listen to arguments from both
sides.
The hazing was part of a plan
to move the terns from Rice Island to East
Sand Island and was intended
to reduce predation ...
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4. CRAPO BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, on
Thursday introduced a bill to place a
moratorium on the Environmental
Protection Agency's proposed regulations
for reducing water pollution
from runoff.
The EPA rulemaking is designed
to reduce pollution from farming, logging
and urban streets, which have
not been as strictly regulated as point
sources like factories and municipal
sewage treatment plants.
EPA proposed requiring states
to develop TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load)
plans for reducing ...
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5. FOREST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A proposed federal land management
plan for roughly 63 million acres in
Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington
is intended to leave a lighter
footprint both on the land and
on the resource-based economies within
that territory.
The Interior Columbia Basin Supplemental
Draft Environmental Impact
Statement released for public
review last week brings focus to a
"preferred alternative" during
a 90-day public comment period.
"Of the three alternatives presented,
Alternative S2 was ...
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6. ALASKA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
F&G URGES BREACHING RECOMMENDATION
Alaskan fisheries officials,
and the state's governor, say that
breaching four lower Snake River
dams must be "part of the solution" if
the federal government is to
properly meet its Endangered Species Act
obligations to recover listed
fish.
In comments on the Corps of Engineers
draft Lower Snake River Juvenile
Salmon migration feasibility
study and environmental impact statement,
the Alaska Department of Fish
and Game commissioner's ...
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7. SPRING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A banner forecast for adult spring
chinook returns to the upper Columbia
and Snake rivers appears to be
coming true with daily counts mounting
and the cumulative number of
fish arriving at Bonneville Dam as of April
13 representing nearly 3 1/2
times the recent 10-year average.
According to Corps of Engineers
counts posted on the Fish Passage
Center's internet site, 33,967
spring chinook adults had reached the dam
through Thursday compared to
the recent 10-year average of 9,490 fish
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8. FISH, WILDLIFE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The region's fish and wildlife
managers spent Wednesday weighing their
options for influencing a Columbia
Basin fish and wildlife program
amendment process that has begun
to pick up speed and add layers of
complexity.
During a meeting in Portland,
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority
members worked to fine-tune a
planned recommendation for Phase I of the
Northwest Power Planning Council's
process for amending its regional
fish and wildlife recovery program.
They also pondered
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9. UMATILLA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A one-year experiment to use
surplus adult hatchery spring chinook to
repopulate stream reaches in
the Walla Walla River Basin of eastern
Washington and Oregon has been
approved by the Northwest Power Planning
Council.
The recommendation was made to
allow the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation to
spend $8,800 to transport 1,500 "Carson
stock" spring chinook from the
Ringold Hatchery in western Washington to
a South Fork Walla Walla holding
facility. The ...
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10. PGE DONATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Preparing for the future when
steelhead and salmon could again spawn
upstream from a series of dams
on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon,
Portland General Electric contributed
$800,000 to protect property it
considers potentially prime summer
steelhead spawning habitat.
The PGE pledge will go to the
Deschutes Basin Land Trust, which will buy
and manage about 145 acres of
property along Squaw Creek, near Sisters,
known as Camp Polk Meadow. Protecting
a little more than a mile ...
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11. REPORT:
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
If wind turbines, other renewable
energy resources and conservation were
used to replace the lost power
from four hydroelectric dams on the lower
Snake River, the cost to consumers
would be about the same, but spew far
less carbon than building more
fossil fuel power plants, according to a
recent report released by conservation
organizations.
A report by the NW Energy Coalition
and the Natural Resources Defense
Council took issue with a December
1999 report by the U.S. Army ...
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12. NMFS,
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries
Service and the Columbia River operating
agencies agreed Thursday on a
spill plan for federal Columbia River and
lower Snake River dams. The agreement
was drawn up between NMFS, the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
the Bonneville Power Administration and
the Bureau of Reclamation and
will go into effect immediately.
The agreement determines the
amount and timing of spill for the next
couple of years and will be included
in NMFS' 2000 biological ...
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13. UPPER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Upper Columbia River spring chinook
and steelhead stocks peaked in the
1960s and early 1980s and have
been in decline ever since. The chance
that decline will end in extinction
is being estimated by National
Marine Fisheries Service biologists
in a report that inserts a new layer
of data into the agency's Qualitative
Analytical Report.
But it seems the risk of extinction
has a lot to do with the historical
data used to predict the future.
Using brood years 1980 to ...
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14. CBB INTERVIEW:
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
As the federal agency charged
with protecting salmon and steelhead
species listed under the Endangered
Species Act, the National Marine
Fisheries Service is involved
in a number of processes aimed at both
ensuring survival and promoting
recovery of the species.
Many of those efforts are directed
at the Columbia Basin, where the
number of listed species has
swelled to 12. Newly appointed NMFS
Columbia Basin coordinator Ric
Ilgenfritz has as his task coordinating
those efforts, ...
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