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May 28, 1999

Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Democratic critics said Northwest
House Republicans' legislation opposing destruction of dams on the Columbia
and Snake rivers is flawed and would politicize scientific efforts to determine
the best salmon recovery methods.
At a joint hearing of two House Resources
Committee subcommittees on Thursday, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., defended
his resolution against dam removal, saying it would lead to a more comprehensive
solution instead of one focused on breaching four federal dams on ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers' budget
for Columbia River salmon mitigation would be reduced to $70 million for
FY2000, under a Senate appropriation bill approved in committee this week.
The spending level, which is $30
million below the Clinton administration's request, was included in the
energy and water appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations
Committee on Thursday. Last year, Congress appropriated $95 million for
the program.
The committee said the ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A coalition of conservation and fishing
organizations has asked the Bonneville Power Administration's administrator
to seek higher "priority firm" power rates to ensure that revenue collected
will cover fish and wildlife costs for the 2002-2006 period and beyond.
A May 19 letter from the Columbia
and Snake Rivers Campaign suggests that BPA adjust its rate proposal by
raising its priority firm rate 3.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. The priority
firm rate sales account for the bulk of BPA's ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
By Barry Espenson
A merger of the public involvement
processes for three federal agency "decision tracks" is needed to ensure
the region's citizens have their say on important Columbia Basin salmon
recovery issues, according to conservation and fishing groups.
A May 20 letter signed by leaders
of 10 special interest groups asks that federal agencies coordinate and
schedule hearings to assure the best possible participation from the public.
A first step would be
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Portland General Electric is proposing
to aid the recovery of endangered salmon and steelhead runs by removing
two hydroelectric dams in the Sandy River basin. The proposal is the result
of a collaboration between PGE, the city of Portland, the state of Oregon,
the National Marine Fisheries Service and other state and federal agencies.
PGE is proposing to remove Marmot
Dam on the mainstem Sandy River and Little Sandy Dam on the Little Sandy
River, a tributary of the Bull Run River. ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Natural river processes are able
to reduce levels of contaminants and the higher concentrations of contaminants
found in Columbia River water in urban areas, such as Portland, suggest
that the sources of pollution are from local sites and not due to an accumulation
of pollutants from upstream.
These are two conclusions from a
study recently completed by U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Kathleen
McCarthy at the agencys water resources division in Portland. McCarthy
used a ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest tribes believe breaching
the four lower Snake River dams would benefit both Native Americans in
the region and Columbia River basin salmon, but that breaching alone could
not bring salmon back to the historic level that was once the center of
tribal life.
The tribes came to these conclusion
in a preliminary draft report on Tribal Circumstances/Perspective Analysis
released this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Drawdown Economic
Workgroup. DREW is studying the ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A better test of the survival of
"in-river" fish vs. those transported by barge or truck past Columbia-Snake
river dams is being stressed in a river management plan proposed by the
state of Idaho.
Though the plan's main elements have
already been pressed by Idaho participants in river management technical
processes, the document will officially be previewed at the June 3 Implementation
Team meeting in Portland.
The IT is described on its own web
page as the middle management level ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The continuing effort to keep "stakeholders"
involved has forced Multi-Species Framework staff members to delay for
about a month the home-stretch scientific analysis of potential costs and
benefits of seven Columbia Basin fish and wildlife management alternatives.
That analysis of alternatives had
been scheduled to begin in mid-June with completion in "late summer or
early fall." The Framework management committee composed of four tribal,
four state and four federal representatives ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., has asked
Secretary of Commerce William Daley to allow irrigation water to be delivered
to Methow Valley farmers who have been denied permission to use six ditches
because of the risk to endangered and threatened salmon, steelhead and
bull trout.
"The irrigation season began earlier
this month, and dozens of farmers with fields that depend on water from
these ditches are facing economic ruin if they do not receive water soon,"
Gorton said in a letter to ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service
wants a quick review and comments on its Anadromous Fish Appendix from
the scientific panel that produced much of the analysis contained in the
But appendix conclusions based on
analysis produced by NMFS alone may deserve closer scrutiny from the scientists
collectively called Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses (PATH), according
to some members of NMFSs Implementation Team (IT).
IT-PATH discussions Wednesday focused
on setting ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia Basin's fish and wildlife
managers are launching an effort to better define just what, in terms of
fish and wildlife numbers and population trends, their actions are intended
to achieve.
"We haven't done a good job of painting
that picture," said Tony Nigro, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
biologist and member of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority.
CBFWA's managers are studying and
discussing ways to conduct a formal analysis that would ultimately ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Sustained flows and hatchery supplementation
have combined to produce a run of spring chinook salmon large enough to
support another Indian subsistence and non-Indian sport fishery on the
Umatilla River.
Both the tribal and non-Indian fishing
seasons for spring chinook opens Saturday, May 29. Tribal fishers will
be able to fish using a variety of methods for five three-day weekends
in June, according to regulations established by the Fish and Wildlife
Commission for the ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission
at a special Commission meeting May 25, moved to reopen the Willamette
River to spring chinook fishing May 27, saying that the actual return of
the popular salmon is greater than originally expected by about 7,500 fish.
"The 1999 run will be the largest
in six years, said Steve King, ODFW Salmon Fishery Manager. We originally
estimated this year's run at 46,500 and are now upgrading the forecast
to 54,000.
He said the 1996 run of 35,000 fish
was a
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
of American Rivers:
The piece on "D-values" in the May
21 Columbia Basin Bulletin perpetuates a popular myth: that recent PIT-tag
studies indicating that transported fish may not suffer significantly higher
delayed mortality than in-river migrants equates to the conclusion that
transportation may work. As the CBB put it: "Without a negative D factor,
transportation would provide a reasonable option for mitigating many of
the impacts to fish from dam passage." This conclusion is ...
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