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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jun 11, 1999
Jun 11, 1999

1. SENATORS FOCUS ON OCEAN CONDITIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest Republican senators this week argued against tearing down
dams to restore salmon by citing new scientific evidence that increased
ocean temperatures may be a more significant factor in fish declines.
Sens. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, highlighted testimony
from two scientists in support of the theory that Pacific Ocean conditions
off the Northwest coast are having a greater impact on endangered Columbia
and Snake river salmon than river ...
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2. TREATY SEEN AS BOON TO RECOVERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Pacific salmon fishing agreement reached late last week between U.S.
and Canadian negotiators aims to provide trade-offs that quell longstanding
arguments about major salmon "intercepting fisheries" and aid recovery
by setting harvest limits which rise and fall along with fish populations.
Under the new agreement, harvest quotas will be replaced by "abundance-based"
regimes that adjust harvest levels for salmon stocks annually based on
specific stocks' population forecasts. The intent is
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3. SALMON TREATY AGREEMENT PRAISED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
State, tribal and federal officials alike expressed optimism that a
negotiated agreement reached last week would help settle long-standing
differences over the conservation and harvest of Pacific salmon.
The agreement changes the method by which many of the Pacific salmon
harvest quotas are set from a static "ceiling" to an annual calculation
based on the predicted abundance of fish. The agreement also brings concessions
from U.S. and Canadian fishers on how many fish they "intercept" ...
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4. KITZHABER URGES REGIONAL UNITY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber used a multi-state forum Wednesday to warn
regional power and fish and wildlife interests that they must end their
fractious ways or be left powerless to control their own destiny.
Kitzhaber, in an address to the Northwest Power Planning Council in
Portland, said that provincial bickering must end, and solutions produced,
or Congress may impose its own solutions for energy industry restructuring
and fish and wildlife restoration. He encouraged the Council to take
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5. DEMOS OPPOSE RAISING BPAS RATES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest Democratic members of Congress have come out against raising
Bonneville Power Administration's wholesale electricity rates to increase
funding available for future salmon recovery programs.
In a letter sent June 4 to Vice President Al Gore, six Democrats said
Northwest customers shouldn't pay higher rates to cover the possible expenses
of destroying four lower Snake River dams if that or other costly actions
are determined necessary to save endangered fish.
They said ...
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6. CRAIG QUESTIONS SALMON BUREAUCRACY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Dave Letterman move over. Instead of a top ten list, Sen. Larry Craig
has compiled a list of more than 20 active Northwest salmon recovery programs
that he calls "the bureaucracy of salmon."
The Idaho Republican disclosed his research on Thursday at a hearing
on salmon recovery by the Senate water and power subcommittee. He said
he counted 20 major initiatives and five smaller ones, which have spent
billions of dollars, some without effective coordination, in the search
for a solution ...
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7. PANEL OKS SALMON TREATY FUNDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Senate appropriators on Thursday approved President Clinton's request
for $100 million to help four West Coast states restore endangered salmon,
but earmarked $20 million of it to fulfill terms of the new U.S.-Canada
fishing treaty.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the money as part of a
$35.3 billion annual appropriation for the departments of Commerce, State
and Justice for fiscal year 2000. House appropriators have not drafted
their bill yet.
In addition to a $100 ...
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8. IDAHO OFFERS RIVER RECOMMENDATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho has drawn up recommendations for the fourth straight year on how
the Columbia River power system should operate its water management process
to enhance salmon migration in the Snake River basin. But one state representative
says the recommendations should have been considered before a decision
was made not to completely refill the Dworshak pool.
James Yost of Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthornes office told a gathering at
last weeks Implementation Team meeting that the recommendations ...
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9. IDAHO WATER MEASUREMENTS DEFENDED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Idaho Department of Water Resources defended its method of measuring
water withdrawals, while assuring the region that the 427,000-acre feet
of flow augmentation is reaching lower Snake River dams.
Karl Dreher, director of Idahos Water Resources, defended his departments
water withdrawal measurement practices on the Payette River at an Implementation
Team meeting last week. He specifically attended the meeting to challenge
the findings of a 1999 study by Roy Koch, professor of ...
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10. MONTANA GETS UNUSUAL RUNOFF, REFILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Western Montana dam managers are waiting for a late runoff that has
thrown a kink into reservoir refill plans.
Cool weather has slowed the spring runoff substantially and the stubborn
alpine snowpack has created unusual refill conditions.
The situation has influenced this month's water releases from Libby
Dam for threatened white sturgeon.
For flood control reasons, Lake Koocanusa was drafted in March to an
extremely low elevation of 2,320 -- nearly 140 feet below full pool --
in ...
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11. KITZHABER TO VETO DAM REMOVAL BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Senate passed a bill 17-11 this week which gives the Oregon
Legislature final say in removing dams within the borders of Oregon. Senate
Bill 987 now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who has already said he opposes
the bill.
The bill that originated in the Committee on Agricultural and Natural
Resources at the request of Oregon Cattlemen's Association, gives the legislature
final approval before the Oregon Water Resources Department could order
removal of any dam over 10-feet ...
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12. ESTUARY PLAN IMPLEMENTATION TARGETED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An ambitious plan to restore and protect the "biological integrity of
the lower Columbia River and estuary" was unveiled over the past week,
first to Washington Gov. Gary Locke last Friday (June 4) and this Thursday
(June 10) to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The Lower Columbia River Estuary management plan took three years and
the efforts of local governments, state and federal agencies, tribes, labor,
environmental groups and industries. It contains actions designed to restore
the ...
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13. REIMBURSIBLE REVIEW STRATEGY MAPPED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Scientific scrutiny of individual Columbia Basin "reimbursable" fish
and wildlife programs will be staggered throughout the year in an attempt
to balance the workload of participating scientists and mesh the review
processes with federal budget timelines.
That's the conclusion of a report to Congress issued Wednesday by the
Northwest Power Planning Council. The report was the first official Council
response to a 1999 fiscal year conference report in the Energy and Water
Development ...
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14. OREGON WATER PERMITS CHALLENGED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An environmental group and the National Marine Fisheries Service posed
challenges to a proposed final order for extension on seven water rights
permits to irrigate desert farmland near Boardman, Ore.
WaterWatch of Oregon found the proposal lacking and protested the final
order on grounds that Oregon Water Resources Department hadnt followed
state law in allowing the extension and that the mitigation package needed
more clarity and substance.
NMFS also challenged the proposed final ...
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15. ISAB NOMINEE SHORT-LIST PONDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A list of nine candidates for positions on the Independent Scientific
Advisory Panel has been reduced to four in a recommendation forwarded to
the Northwest Power Planning Council by its staff Wednesday.
Council Chairman Todd Maddock of Idaho and the National Marine Fisheries
Service's regional director, Will Stelle, will now decide if the nominees
fit the ISAB' s needs.
A list of nine scientists with expertise in five different subject areas
had been recommended by a National ...
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16. ATTORNEY TAKES TOP REGIONAL BOR POST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Colorado native with an extensive background in water management issues
has been taken into the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation fold as the regional
director of its Pacific Northwest Region.
BOR Commissioner Eluid Martinez announced Tuesday that J. William (Bill)
McDonald will report to his new position in mid-July. McDonald replaces
longtime Pacific Northwest Region Director John Keyes, who retired on June
3, 1998. Steve Clark, who has served as acting director, will return to
his post ...
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17. MONTANA, AVISTA STRIKE WATER RIGHTS DEAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Avista Corp. and the state of Montana have developed a draft agreement
aimed at protecting existing water rights in the Clark Fork Basin.
Avista, formerly Washington Water Power, and the state negotiated the
draft at the company's Noxon Rapids hydro facility on the Clark Fork river
last week.
The water rights issues were not resolved when an unprecedented licensing
agreement for Avista's Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge dams was reached
early this year. Collaborating with 39 ...
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