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Latest CBB News > Archives > Apr 16, 1999
Apr 16, 1999

1. A-FISH REPORT STRESSES UNCERTAINTIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A key document in the Corps of Engineers' ongoing evaluation of fish
hydrosystem passage strategies restates the scientific assertion that breaching
the Lower Snake River dams offers the best chance of recovering the river's
threatened and endangered salmon stocks.

But that judgment comes with qualifications that the National Marine
Fisheries Service calls "uncertainties."

The document, released by NMFS Wednesday, considers whether dam breaching
or transporting fish ...
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2. A-FISH REPORT GETS MIXED REACTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
As expected, reaction to the National Marine Fisheries Services "Assessment
of Lower Snake River Hydrosystem Alternatives on Survival and Recovery
of Snake River Salmonids" ranged from kudos to NMFS for stressing
scientific uncertainties to dismay over any suggestions that decisions
should be delayed.

"More than anything, this report tells me that we still don't know
if dam breaching would have any impact on restoring Snake River salmon
runs -- it's a long shot," ...
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3. NMFS TAKES A-FISH ON THE ROAD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Will Stelle, NMFS northwest regional director, and Peter Kareiva, a
senior scienetist at NMFS' Northwest Science Center, hit the road soon
after the release of the Anadromous Fish Appendix to explain the findings
to the public.

Stelle and Kareiva were in Lewiston Thursday night and traveled to the
Tri Cities for a meeting this morning in Kennewick. A public meeting is
scheduled from 5 to 7 tonight at Richland's DoubleTree Hotel's main ballroom.
Stelle traveled to Boise for meetings ...
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4. SCIENTISTS 'RECUSED' FROM A-FISH REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A pair of scientists who signed a letter urging a return to "more
normative river conditions" say they intended no dam-breaching endorsement.

But both have decided to excuse themselves from the review of processes
leading toward a "1999 decision" on hydrosystem configuration.

Drs. Phil Mundy and Rick Williams met Friday (April 9) with their colleagues
on the Independent Scientific Advisory Board and the Independent Scientific
Review Panel. Williams, a University ...
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5. NMFS EVALUATES IDAHO FLOW AUG
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service gave the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
high marks in its work to obtain 427,000 acre-feet of water from the upper
Snake River to primarily aid in passage of fall chinook juvenile salmon
through the lower Snake River and Columbia River systems.

The water is available from April through August, but generally occurs
during the summer months of July and August to match the peak downstream
migration of the fall chinook. The water may also help the ...
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6. WATERSHED GROUP GETS GRAZING RULING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled in favor of three petitions by the Idaho
Watersheds Project against the State Land Board that will give IWP the
right to compete equally with ranchers for expired grazing leases on 2.5
million acres of state school endowment lands.

The court decided unanimously April 2 to strike decisions by the State
Land Board to deny IWP a place at the bidding table simply because Jon
Marvel, president of the IWP board and chief bidder for the non-profit
group, is ...
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7. AMERICAN RIVERS TARGETS SNAKE RIVER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The lower Snake River in Washington state is the nation's No. 1 "most
endangered" river, according to a conservation group that advocates
breaching four federal dams there to save endangered salmon.

The release of American Rivers' annual ten most endangered rivers at
a press conference on April 12 in Washington, D.C., was covered by major
national news media.

The group highlighted another Northwest river stretch last year, when
the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, ...
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8. PRODUCTION REVIEW HITS STRETCH RUN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The project apparently has not caught the general public's fancy, but
Columbia Basin hatchery managers and fishing groups remain intent on ensuring
their interests are represented in an artificial production review to be
delivered to Congress in June.

Only a relative handful of people showed up at any of the eight public
meetings held around the region over the past month to take comments on
a draft policy statement for artificial production. The document's final
draft is expected to be
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9. FEDS MOVE FORWARD ON WAHLUKE REFUGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson on Saturday (April 10) proposed
to transfer management of the Hanford Nuclear Reservations Wahluke Slope
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The FWS would manage the area as a wildlife refuge, thereby halting
future development or agricultural uses on 90,000 acres of primitive high
desert above the Hanford Reach, a free-flowing stretch of the Columbia
River that is home to the Columbia River Basins healthiest population
of wild chinook ...
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10. COUNCIL HEARS KEMPTHORNE, SAMPSON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two of the region's newly seated leaders expressed contrasting views
on two Columbia Basin hydrosystem issues last week 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.
But they also pointed out potential obstacles to a consensus plan.

Kempthorne employed
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11. FISHERMEN OPPOSE SALMON FUND
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
West Coast commercial fishermen have told President Clinton they oppose
an increase in his $100 million Pacific Coast salmon recovery fund budget
now before Congress.

West Coast governors and members of Congress are seeking to increase
the amount in the fiscal year 2000 federal budget to $200 million or even
more.

In a March letter to Clinton, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's
Associations, which represents commercial and family businesses in California,
Oregon, ...
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12. NMFS GETS NEW DIRECTOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
National Marine Fisheries Service director Rolland Schmitten, former
head of the agency's Northwest office, has been promoted and a new director
named.

Commerce Secretary William M. Daley announced Schmitten's appointment
effective April 12 as deputy assistant secretary for international affairs
for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Congressional aide Penelope "Penny" Dalton, senior professional
staff on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and ...
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13. OREGON PROPOSES WATER RIGHTS DEAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Water Resources Department proposed extending seven of nine
water rights permits requested by Boeing Agri-Industrial Company and Inland
Land Company, but only if Inland Land meets certain requirements that would
protect fish and wildlife.

If approved, the proposal would authorize the development of more than
15,000 acres of new irrigated farmland on state-owned land near Boardman,
Ore. In total, the proposed orders would authorized continued and future
irrigation of over ...
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14. DALLES SPILL DECISION OPPOSED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission expressed to National
Marine Fisheries Service regional administrator Will Stelle its strong
opposition to the NMFS spill program specifically designed for a juvenile
survival study at The Dalles Dam.

"While we understand the purpose of reducing the spill is to conduct
a regionally contentious juvenile survival study, we believe that it is
unnecessarily risky to subject the entire 1999 spring and summer migrations
of listed and ...
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15. DELEGATION REACTS TO DEREG BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest members of Congress welcomed a legislative proposal by the
Clinton administration that would leave intact the region's right to inexpensive
federal power while providing the means to pay for any unexpectedly high
salmon recovery costs.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson on Thursday unveiled a new
version of the administration's electric industry deregulation bill, including
for the first time a section on the Bonneville Power Administration.

BPA officials, who ...
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16. OCEAN HARVEST GETS INCREASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Ocean sport and recreational fishers off the north Oregon and Washington
coasts should be able to reap their biggest salmon harvest in seven years.

Projections of stronger returns of both chinook and coho have allowed
the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to recommend the most liberal
fishing quotas for the North Falcon (near Manzanita, Ore., to the Canadian
border) in recent years. The PFMC noted that the recommended limits are
still well below the average during the ...
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