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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jun 12, 1998
Jun 12, 1998

1. EDITOR'S NOTE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
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2. JOHN DAY SCREENS GET NEGATIVE REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The future of a $40 million fish diversion proposal for the Columbia
River's John Day Dam was clouded Wednesday when the Northwest Power Planning
Council recommended that the Corps of Engineers suspend project contract
advertising.

The action came following the presentation of an Independent Scientific
Advisory Board report that questioned the justification for the project,
which involves installation of extended-length screens to divert fish from
the dam's turbine intakes and increase
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3. GOVERNORS PURSUE RIVER GOVERNANCE LEGISLATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Northwest governors have agreed to consider "legislative
proposals for river governance" that might be included in a "Northwest
chapter" for national energy restructuring legislation. The governors
intend this work to take place in conjunction with collaborative efforts
among states, tribes and federal agencies under the Three Sovereigns process.


"Regardless of the outcome of the Three Sovereigns process, the
Governors believe that eventually a ...
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4. TRIBES WANT EXISTING PROCESS IMPROVED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Tribal chairs for Columbia Basin tribes, reacting to the four Northwest
governors "Statement of Intention," say they are ready to discuss
legislative proposals, but stressed the immediate need for a "comprehensive,
coordinated, river governance approach."

"The tribes welcome the opportunity to conduct government-to-government
consultations with the sovereigns in the region on legislative proposals
on river governance, and stress the importance of utilizing ...
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5. PANELISTS DISCUSS POWER COUNCIL'S ROLE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council put out a call for help in redefining
its role. It got an earful Wednesday with panelists alternately questioning
the need for the Council's existence and challenging it to take a more
forceful role on energy-related and fish and wildlife recovery issues.


In a discussion paper, "The Role of the Northwest Power Planning
Council," released last month, the Council reflects on its past and
contemplates its future. The Council was created ...
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6. JUDGE THROWS COHO LISTING BACK TO NMFS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In a strongly-worded opinion, Federal Judge Janice M. Stewart ruled
on June 1 that the National Marine Fisheries Service must reconsider its
decision not to list the Oregon coastal coho salmon as threatened under
the Endangered Species Act.

Rather than list the coastal coho, NMFS in April, 1997 signed a Memorandum
of Agreement with Oregon to implement the Oregon Coastal Salmon Restoration
Initiative. This decision to rely on future and voluntary state conservation
measures to ...
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7. KITZHABER TO APPEAL COHO RULING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said on June 4 that he will appeal Federal
Judge Janice Stewart's ruling that the National Marine Fisheries Service
must reconsider its decision to list the Oregon coastal coho salmon.

Kitzhaber said Stewart's interpretation "implies that the requirement
under the ESA for federal agencies to consider state conservation plans
means almost nothing; that state-led conservation efforts have no place
under ESA; that conservation efforts by individuals ...
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8. TRIBES RESPOND TO STEELHEAD HARVEST PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River treaty tribes have responded to a proposal by the
National Marine Fisheries Service to dramatically reduce the harvest of
B-run steelhead during the tribal fall season fisheries in order to increase
steelhead escapement levels.

"In our view, there are many things that can and should be done
to improve future years escapement of steelhead, such as improving passage
and habitat conditions for juvenile and adult fish and using real supplementation
actions to ...
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9. NMFS SEEKS FUND FOR NEW TRIBAL NETS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A proposal claiming to enhance steelhead survival by increasing the
size of the net mesh used in tribal salmon harvests caused Northwest Power
Planning Council members to pause, and then deny an immediate endorsement
for a $500,000 emergency budget allocation.

The request, presented to the Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee
Tuesday, asked that specially designated Endangered Species Act research
funds being held at the discretion of the Bonneville Power Administration
be ...
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10. MONTANA SEES LEVERAGE IN BULL TROUT LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The recent listing of bull trout as a threatened species could give
bulls the same considerations as downstream salmon, and the state of Montana
could have more leverage in its efforts to influence dam operations, says
one of the state's lead biologists.

Brian Marotz, fisheries program officer for the Department of Fish,
Wildlife and Parks, contends that salmon have been the favored species
for federal agencies that influence Montana's dam operations. But that
may change with the ...
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11. BULL TROUT IMPACTS EXPECTED TO BE SUBTLE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Now that it has come, observers who have expected a bull trout listing
for some time say its impacts in Montana will be subtle and uncertain.
Immediate or dramatic effects from the listing are not expected. "


As far as Fish, Wildlife and Parks are concerned, we're not going to
be doing anything differently in the near future," said Tom Weaver,
a fisheries biologist for the agency. "We have the expertise and we
plan to maintain a leadership role in monitoring populations,
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12. WHITE STURGEON GROUP EMBRACES IRCs
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The White Sturgeon Recovery Team has endorsed the dam release formulas
backed by the state of Montana, despite efforts of federal agencies to
discourage them.

The unanimous endorsement adds weight to Montana's position in a tug-of-war
that has developed between salmon interests and those interested in the
welfare of inland native species like sturgeon.

The multi-agency sturgeon team met in Spokane June 4 to review a draft
recovery plan for sturgeon. The plan repeatedly calls for the
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13. SCIENCE FRAMEWORK PROCESS COULD COST OVER $3 MILLION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A rough plan of attack for shaping a scientific principles/framework
for Columbia River basin fish and wildlife restoration was laid out for
the Northwest Power Planning Council Tuesday and Wednesday during work
sessions at Spokane.

The fast-track planning process produced some surprising budget estimates
-- $700,000 in fiscal year 1998 to assemble framework scientific and policy
development teams and begin the work and another $2.7 million in fiscal
1999 to complete the process. ...
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14. FUNDING APPROVED FOR IMNAHA SUPPLEMENTATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Dire fish circumstance prompted the Northwest Power Planning Council
Wednesday to deviate from its standard operating procedures and recommend
funding for a controversial Imnaha River steelhead fish supplementation
effort.

The council followed a recommendation made Tuesday by its Fish and Wildlife
Committee to allow a $115,000 in Bonneville Power Administration funding
for fiscal year 1998 to be shifted from one Northeast Oregon fish rearing
project to another. If BPA goes along ...
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15. DISSOLVED GAS PLAN STALLED ON CLEAN WATER ACT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Must the federal hydro system meet Clean Water Act standards for total
dissolved gas? A multi-agency scientific team charged with designing a
dissolved gas research plan stalled on this question.

A plan needs a goal, Dissolved Gas Team chair Mark Schneider of the
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said, and setting this goal is
a high-level policy question, not one the scientists can answer. Schneider
presented the team's final report to the NMFS Regional Forum ...
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16. SNAKE RIVER RETURNS LOWER THAN EXPECTED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Adult Snake River spring/summer chinook from the 1995 and 1996 outmigrations
are returning at lower-than-expected rates, according to both the National
Marine Fisheries Service and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. In
both years, tens of thousands of smolts were marked with PIT-tags in order
to compare smolt-to-adult survival (SAR) of transported fish with those
migrating in the river.

The "2-ocean fish" from 1995 returned last year while the
"3-ocean fish" are
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17. IDAHO SAYS NO TO THREE SOVEREIGNS MOA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Mike Field, Idaho's representative to the Three Sovereigns Process,
says his state is not ready to sign a Memorandum of Agreement regarding
river governance, but will continue to participate in the Three Sovereigns
process.

"We will continue to work collaboratively on these issues,"
said Field. "But we won't sign a contract. Through the public comment
process our constituents told us they don't want us to sign the MOA."


He said the MOA's "rules are not ...
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18. FEEDBACK ON JUNE 1-5 EDITION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
. Ruff jruff@nwppc.org,
senior hydrologist with Northwest Power Planning Council:
There are just a couple of clarifications I would like to make. First,
in article 3 on page 5, "Bi-national Discussions Begin on Dissolved
Gas," I would like to add a clarification to my quote in the sixth
paragraph of the article. A more accurate version of what I said is, "The
Bureau of Reclamation is currently evaluating the feasibility of several
costly structural alternatives to ...
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