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Latest CBB News > Archives > May 7, 1999
May 7, 1999

1. REPORT ESTIMATES BREACHING REC BENEFITS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft economic report this
week that estimates breaching the four lower Snake River dams would result
in increased river recreation and tourism values of between $28 million
and $306 million, but the most likely number will be a net increase for
recreation values of $67 million annually.
The report estimates current benefits of recreation and tourism at $62
million on the reservoirs formed by the four dams. With natural river drawdown,
or ...
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2. GOVERNORS FEAR IMBALANCE OF POWER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Northwest governors expressed concerns this week that a regional
salmon recovery effort could be damaged by the imbalance of power between
regional interests and federal authority.
All four governors met Tuesday (May 4) in the Northwest Power Planning
Councils Portland offices for a briefing on salmon recovery efforts as
well as on the future of the Bonneville Power Administration and its continued
role in providing low-cost electricity to Northwest consumers. It was only
the ...
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3. BONNEVILLE OUTFALL 'CANNONS' FIRING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Hungry seagulls still hover above the pipe that delivers migrating salmon
back to the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam, but officials believe
the predators' impact on the young fish has been minimized since a water
cannon began spraying the air last Friday.
The two-mile pipe, or flume, marks the end of the fishes' journey through
a new bypass system at Bonneville Dam's second powerhouse. The Corps of
Engineers expects the $62 million improvements to increase juvenile fish
survival ...
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4. CBFWA EYES UNSPENT MOA FUNDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An organization of the region's fish and wildlife managers decided Tuesday
to enlist the aid of its federal members to ensure that all of the dollars
promised in a 1996 agreement will be delivered for restoration projects.
Claiming unfulfilled needs and unkept promises, Columbia Basin Fish
and Wildlife Authority members agreed to pursue a better accounting of
the dollars spent by the Bonneville Power Administration on fish and wildlife
restoration. BPA provides funding to mitigate for ...
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5. BPA, FISH MANAGERS PONDER RATE CASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Should Northwest electrical ratepayers be asked to start paying more
in 2002, or should the Bonneville Power Administration wait until later
to begin collecting revenues to pay for what are expected to be escalating
fish and wildlife recovery bills?
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority members heard two different
answers to that question during a Tuesday presentation in Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho.
BPA, which expects to begin its subscription rate case within two weeks,
will offer an ...
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6. TRIBES SEEK FISH POLICY EXEMPTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Legislation has been asked to give three Columbia Basin tribes
the authority to decide when and where supplementation can be used to bolster
salmon and steelhead numbers.
A bill introduced by Rep. Jason Atkinson,R-Jacksonville, would exempt
from the Oregon wild fish policy the rivers and streams located within
the areas ceded in treaty by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian
Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon,
and the Nez ...
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7. CASPIAN TERNS FAVOR RICE ISLAND
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The number of Caspian terns returning to the Columbia River estuary
has increased five-fold over the past two weeks and most are ignoring the
enticements of new habitat and bird calls devised by a working group to
encourage nesting at East Sand Island.
A roost count of terns Wednesday evening found 1,200 terns at East Sand
Island and 7,800 at Rice Island. The last count reported in the Columbia
Basin Bulletin over two weeks ago had 1,400 terns at Rice Island and 300
to 400 terns at ...
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8. ANTI-BREACHING STANCE PASSES PANEL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Press
An anti-breaching resolution is on its way to the Oregon Senate, thanks
to a Republican majority in the House Committee on Water and Environment.
House Joint Memorial 13 sailed out of the committee April 28 with a
"do-pass" recommendation on a 5-4 vote. All the Democrats opposed the 
memorial.
Memorials, which have no weight of law, are a way for legislators to
send their opinions on important issues to President Clinton and the U.S.
Congress.
The memorial opposes ...
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9. GRANT PUD BEGINS DAM RELICENSING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Grant County Public Utility District in eastern Washington began the
long process of relicensing its Priest Rapids hydroelectric project on
the mid-Columbia River last week.
The utility is seeking to relicense the projects for another 50 years.
The current license expires in October 2005.
The PUD began its process with two local informational public workshops,
but will expand that process to include others as it builds a group of
stakeholders to help guide the PUD through relicensing ...
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10. BULL TROUT LISTING DELAYS PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Forest Service field projects across Montana are being delayed as they
await review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The reviews are required to ensure that the projects, which range from
road culvert removals to logging projects, comply with the Endangered Species
Act.
The listing of bull trout as a threatened species last July created
a new tier of paperwork in the service's elaborate "consultation" process.
Without a corresponding increase in staff, the Helena office has ...
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11. HCP DEVELOPED FOR 1.7 MILLION ACRES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Plum Creek Timber Co. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are anticipating
the release of a draft habitat conservation plan for native fish by mid-June.
The service is preparing an environmental review through a contractor
paid for by Plum Creek that will accompany the habitat conservation plan,
said Mike Jostrom, Plum Creek's native fish project manager.
Habitat Conservation Plans have become a fairly common way for private
landowners to comply with the Endangered Species Act in ...
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12. FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP SLATED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Multi-Species Framework participants will huddle Wednesday and Thursday
in Portland to refine the Columbia Basin fish and wildlife management alternatives
being developed for scientific analysis.
The workshop session begins with technical briefings from both the ecological
and human effects work groups on the methods that will be used to analyze
seven identified "alternatives."
Critiques or reviews of the alternatives were produced in the April.
Scientists are scheduled to begin a ...
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13. GROUPS BEGIN PESTICIDE INITIATIVE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three Oregon environmental groups turned to Oregons initiative process
this week to put a pesticide reporting measure on the November Oregon ballot.
The groups filed this week to begin the initiative process after frustrations
that a similar Oregon legislative bill had not been heard.
The Oregon Environmental Council, the Oregon State Public Interest Research
Group and the NW Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, say that water
polluted with pesticides could be a major contributor ...
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14. BADGLEY EXHORTS CBFWA MEMBERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Columbia Basin fish and wildlife managers are "well positioned to have
a lot of influence" as recovery discussions enter a historic phase, says
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's top regional official.
Federal, state and tribal officials are eyeing recovery options that
range from current operations to dam breaching.
"That is an amazing discussion to be having," said Anne Badgley, USFWS
regional director. Badgley was appointed to the position in August.
She was in Coeur d'Alene, ...
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