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Latest CBB News > Archives > Apr 23, 1999
Apr 23, 1999

1. GORTON, BABBITT AT ODDS OVER DAMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt and Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.,
continue to lock horns over Gorton's demand for congressional authority
for any dam removal in the Northwest.

An exchange between the two men on Thursday at a hearing by the Senate
Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which Gorton chairs, indicated no
breakthrough in their stalemate of last year.

That's when Gorton linked congressional approval of the Administration's
request for funds to begin tearing down two small
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2. FISH MANAGERS PROPOSE PROJECT INCREASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The region's fish and wildlife managers have bumped up their annual
budget request for regional restoration projects and research, in large
part because of an anticipated increase in responsibilities due to additional
Endangered Species Act listings.

The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority's recommended budget
for fiscal year 2000 is balanced at $141,126,858 -- $14 million more than
the amount specified in the Bonneville Power Administration's Memorandum
of Agreement guiding ...
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3. HANFORD GROUP MODIFIES STRANDING PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Hanford Reach stranding policy group agreed to two in-season management
modifications in two weeks, the first in-season changes for the group.


The first change, which deletes the weekend re-wetting operation, was
discussed Friday (April 16) and instituted by noon of the same day. The
second change, which sets flow targets for this weekend, was agreed to
during a conference call Wednesday (April 21).

After several members of the policy group questioned the effectiveness
of ...
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4. MAINSTEM PROJECTS GET CAUCUS APPROACH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The group responsible for recommending regional spending priorities
to improve fish passage at Columbia-Snake mainstem dams has decided to
tackle the task from three angles -- effectively splitting into three delegations
representing the tribes, the states and the federal agencies.

Members of the three groupings were asked Thursday to decide amongst
themselves how to rank a list of 49 proposed Corps of Engineers' Columbia
River Fish Mitigation Program projects. Each group is to seek ...
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5. TERNS ARRIVING AT EAST, RICE ISLANDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Nearly 1,800 Caspian terns have arrived in the Columbia River estuary
as of this week, but most are favoring Rice Island over the newly-prepared
habitat of East Sand Island. A count of terns earlier this week found that
1,400 terns have made their home at Rice Island, while only 300 to 400
terns have chosen the new site.

Although it's too early to know for sure, a National Marine Fisheries
Service biologist believes the plan to move most of the terns from Rice
Island to East Sand Island
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6. JUDGE MARSH: FINISH FISH PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Participants in U.S. v Oregon negotiations were exhorted Tuesday to
come up with a new Columbia River Fish Management plan to guide hatchery
and harvest activities.

'"I can't express how much I want you to be successful in these
negotiations," U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm F. Marsh said during
a status conference in his Portland courtroom.

"It would be sad if you had to return to this court with one piece
of litigation after another" to settle treaty ...
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7. TRIBES' FUNDING REQUEST DENIED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An estimated $180 million in "unspent" capital investment
funds will be used to benefit fish and wildlife beyond the year 2001, not
redirected to fund other mitigation projects during the current budget
period as the chairmen for the four Lower Columbia treaty tribes had requested.

That's the conclusion offered to the tribes by Bonneville Power Administration
administrator Judith Johansen.

The chairmen of the four Lower Columbia treaty tribes in October asked
that ...
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8. DEFAZIO QUESTIONS BREACHING CAMPAIGN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A key Democratic congressman on power and salmon issues has sharply
criticized environmentalists' national campaign to breach four lower Snake
River dams, saying it is alienating him and other friendly members of the
Northwest delegation.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., took issue with the campaign's portrayal
of breaching as a "budgetary windfall" for the federal government
and with its plan to seek support among members of Congress who have long
charged that the Northwest's ...
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9. PGE, TRIBES DISCUSS DESCHUTES DAMS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
are in talks that could result in a joint licensing application for the
Pelton Round Butte complex of three dams on the Deschutes River in central
Oregon, as well as the reintroduction of anadromous fish into upper Deschutes
River tributaries.

While PGE says the talks are young, they hope for an agreement by July
to leave time to complete a final application that is due at the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission ...
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10. TREATY FISHING ACCESS SITES REVIEWED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest tribal leaders visited five fishing access sites currently
under construction and discussed design plans for several others Thursday
and today (April 23) during a conference with officials from the Army Corps
of Engineers.

The sites, authorized by Congress in 1988, are located along the Columbia
River between Bonneville and McNary dams.

The sites are solely for use by Native Americans who are members of
the four Columbia River treaty tribes - The Confederated Tribes of ...
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11. PARALLEL PROCESSES MEET SAME DAY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
They are not merged, but two of the Columbia Basin's fish and wildlife
restoration efforts are moving closer to lockstep starting next week.

The next meetings of the Columbia River Basin Forum committee and the
Columbia River Basin Multi-Species Framework process will be held on the
same day, Thursday, April 29. The scheduling is intended accommodate those
who participate in both processes, said Karl Weist of the Northwest Power
Planning Council's Oregon office. It is also hoped the ...
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12. HATCHERY REVIEW SCHEDULE SLIPS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A planned report to Congress regarding Columbia River Basin artificial
production will likely be completed in July, not June as planned, so that
the document bearing policy recommendations can be more tightly focused.

The review was ordered by Congress in 1997 and has been organized by
the Northwest Power Planning Council.

An announcement sent to Artificial Production Review participants this
week also announced the postponement of a Thursday (April 22) workshop.
The workshop was ...
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13. BULL TROUT PLANS MOVE FORWARD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Ken McDonald, Montana's bull trout recovery coordinator, has had his
hands in two processes over the last year: developing a state bull trout
recovery plan as well as a federal one.

It's been a tricky task. The Montana plan, which was released in draft
form last November, must ultimately comply with the federal plan, which
is still in its formative stages of development.

"I'm hoping to incorporate a lot of the work that has been done
by the state" into the federal plan, said
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14. LEGISLATURE AIMS FUNDS AT BULL TROUT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Montana Legislature has passed a bill requiring the state to spend
$750,000 on restoring bull trout and cutthroat trout populations.

But lawmakers didn't provide extra money to pay for the mandate, so
the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officially opposed the bill.

The money must come from the department's appropriated budget, which
was developed through a prioritization process and is funded largely through
the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

"We just didn't want to
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15. OREGON ISSUES WILLAMETTE PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Gov. John Kitzhaber introduced a draft plan this week to identify and
cleanup toxic waste in the lower six miles of the Willamette River. The
plan includes both studies and cleanup and will be paid for by a coalition
of governments and the businesses responsible for the presence of pollutants.

The pollutants and the need to complete cleanup could also delay the
deepening of the lower six miles of the Willamette River channel to 43
feet as proposed by the seven lower Columbia River ...
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16. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, executive director, Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition:

The April 9 CBB had a couple articles which mischaracterize the future
of fish and wildlife costs for customers of Bonneville Power Administration.
The typical formulation is something like "costs are expected to skyrocket
in future years if a decision is made to bypass the lower Snake River dams."

Yes, fish and wildlife costs for BPA customers will rise from the current
level for a period of years if the dams are ...
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