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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jun 5, 1998
Jun 5, 1998

1. EDITOR'S NOTE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Welcome to the first edition of The Columbia Basin
Bulletin: Weekly Fish and Wildlife News.

This electronic news service is produced by Intermountain Communications
of Pendleton, Oregon, and supported with Bonneville Power Administration
fish and wildlife funds through the Northwest Power Planning Council's
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program.

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3. BINATIONAL DISCUSSIONS BEGIN ON DISSOLVED GAS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal and regional policy makers have set up
a steering committee to develop a dissolved gas management plan that will
encompass the entire Columbia River system, including the Canadian portion
of the Columbia Basin. Informal binational discussions took place at a
conference held April 28-30 in Castlegar, British Columbia.

It is hoped that the steering committee, co-led by representatives of
the Northwest Power Planning Council, Environmental Protection Agency,
and National ...
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4. FACILITATOR HIRED FOR REGIONAL FORUM MEETINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A facilitator has been hired to manage the various
meetings under the National Marine Fisheries Service's "Regional Forum."


A selection committee made up of representatives of the Bonneville Power
Administration (BPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Oregon, and
tribes, signed an $80,000 contract this month with Donna Silverberg, an
attorney who currently works for the State of Oregon and the Governor's
office. The contract is funded by the BPA's Fish and Wildlife ...
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5. CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION REVIEW SET FOR JUNE 10 RELEASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The once-postponed unveiling of a congressionally
mandated scientific review of Columbia-Snake mainstem capital construction
projects has been rescheduled for the planned June 9-10 Northwest Power
Planning Council work session in Spokane.

The Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee voted in early May to forward
to the full Council the Independent Scientific Advisory Board's technical
review of a pair of controversial Corps of Engineers project proposals.


But because of the ...
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6. COUNCIL ON FAST TRACK WITH SCIENTIFIC FRAMEWORK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The development of a new "framework" for
the Northwest Power Planning Council's Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife
recovery plan will go on the fast track this summer in anticipation of
1999 deadlines.

"By July we would like to have begun work," general counsel
John Volkman told the Council May 20.

A tentative schedule for gathering a work team has been set. Volkman
said Council staff hope to present a work plan and recommendations for
the management ...
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7. PAPER FOCUSES ON REDUCING CORPS ENGINEERING COSTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Interested parties have until July 24 to make comments
on suggested refinements to the Corps of Engineers' mainstem capital construction
program.

A staff "issue paper" released May 19 by the Northwest Power
Planning Council focuses on potential efficiencies in Corps engineering
processes in terms of both improving design and reducing costs on Columbia
and Snake river fish passage improvement projects. The Council was asked
by Congress last year to conduct reviews of the ...
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8. THREE SOVEREIGNS MOVE FORWARD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Representatives of the Columbia Basin tribes,
Oregon, Washington, and federal agencies agreed May 29 to move forward
with the Three Sovereigns river governance process.

The parties, meeting at the close of 60 days of public comment, agreed
to work toward the signing this summer of a Memorandum of Agreement as
amended by Idaho.

A copy of the proposed MOA is available at the Columbia Basin Fish and
Wildlife Authority's website at http://www.cbfwf.org.

Though Idaho pushed for ...
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9. PATH ASKS FOR $40K TO FINISH WEIGHTING OF EVIDENCE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
PATH (Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses),
a group of Northwest fisheries scientists analyzing alternatives for salmon
recovery, has asked the BPA for $40,000 in supplemental funding for its
weight-of-evidence process.

The "weight of evidence" process is an effort to scientifically
assess competing models and theories about the effects of alternative management
actions on salmon survival. It is possibly the most difficult and controversial
of the tasks set for this ...
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10. WASHINGTON GETS NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington State on July 1 will have a new representative
on the Northwest Power Planning Council.

Gov. Gary Locke appointed Tom Karier,41, of Spokane to replace Ken Casavant,
who earlier this year announced that he wanted to leave the Council as
soon as Locke could find a replacement. Casavant, an agriculture economics
professor at Washington State University, has served since 1994.

Locke also announced that later this year Larry Cassidy of Vancouver
will replace Mike Kreidler, who
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11. FEDS STUDY IMPACTS OF LESS SPILL AT THE DALLES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Preliminary data from a federal study of spill and
salmon survival at The Dalles Dam indicates that less spill results in
higher survival, say Army Corps of Engineers fish biologists.

But the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission says The Dalles Dam Spillway
Survival Study is flawed research that has not been subjected to proper
peer review and that researchers are harming thousands of listed and unlisted
salmon that come from tribal hatchery programs under U.S. v. Oregon.

The ...
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12. CONGRESS GETS TWO INTERPRETATIONS OF MITCHELL ACT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two recent letters -- one from the Columbia Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission and one from the Northwest Power Planning Council -- concerning
artificial production in the Columbia River Basin give Congress strikingly
different interpretations on how Mitchell Act funds are being used to support
Indian fisheries.

The clash in views comes just as Congress is considering the Administration's
$15 million request for the Mitchell Act program in Fiscal Year 1999. And
the harsh exchange comes ...
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13. MONTANA GOVERNOR WANTS IMPROVED DECISION-MAKING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In a May 29 speech to the Portland City Club, Montana
Governor Marc Racicot said he has been "frustrated by the current
fish and wildlife Decision-making structure which, in practical application,
gives the federal government final authority."

Racicot said the Northwest needs a "different approach, what I
call place-based governance. This is, decisions about fish and wildlife
in the Columbia River Basin should belong to those who live in the Columbia
River ...
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