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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jun 18, 1999
Jun 18, 1999

1. SCIENTISTS' PROJECT REVIEW RELEASED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
This year's independent scientific review of proposed Columbia River
Basin fish and wildlife projects included the most detailed look to
date
of nearly 400 project proposals totaling $229 million.
The result? More than 400 pages of advice, criticisms and funding
recommendations from the Independent Scientific Review Panel and a
band
of peer reviewers.
The report shows, in many instances, marked differences in emphasis
from
recommendations compiled by the region's fish and wildlife ...
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13 of the 16 for funding while CBFWA favored only two of the 16.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
ISRP also pointed out that it and CBFWA appeared to differ greatly in
their methods for rating new vs. ongoing projects. The panel notes
that
it recommends, based on scientific soundness and programmatic value,
1
1/4 times the number of new proposals for funding than did CBFWA. Of
66
new proposals recommended by the ISRP for funding, 36 were placed by
CBFWA in its Tier 2 (fund if money is available) or Tier 3 (do not
fund)
categories. Of 49 new proposals CBFWA recommended for ...
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2. COMPROMISE STRUCK ON TRIBES' SUPPLEMENTATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, tribes and the Oregon Department of Fish
and
Wildlife agreed last week to a compromise on proposed legislation that
would have exempted the tribes from Oregon's Wild Fish Policy in river
basins upstream from Bonneville Dam.
The compromise avoided a certain veto by Kitzhaber, a possible
intervention into the state's management of wild endangered salmon
and
steelhead by the federal government, and a split in the Democratic
party. The state Senate is expected to
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200 redds in the 1960s, he said, and now there are about 10,000 redds,
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
all due to supplementation.
Myron believes at least three standards must be met before
supplementation could be used and then only be for some rivers. He
said
the hatchery should mimic nature as closely as possible; the hatchery
should use only local brood stocks; and the results should be
continually monitored for effects on other species and on whether it
is
a good use of public funds.
Link information:
ODFW: http://www.dfw.state.or.us
Oregon Trout: ...
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3. RESEARCH REVEALS NEW TERN DATA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Caspian terns in the Columbia River estuary continue to favor Rice
Island as their nesting site, but research is revealing that the amount
of salmon in their diet declines over time and that the birds forage
a
wider range than previously thought, including outside the estuary.
Researchers estimate there are about 7,300 tern nests on Rice Island
and
most of them are crowded onto a one-acre unvegetated site. About 1,300
of those nests are in two satellite colonies just outside fencing ...
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4. SENATE OKS GORTON'S BPA RIDER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A "delighted" Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., this week passed legislation
through the Senate to block the possibility of raising Bonneville Power
Administration rates now to pay for possible future dam removal.
Gorton said his measure, which amends the 1980 Northwest Power Act,
would prevent creation of a "slush fund" sought by salmon advocates
who
have called for higher rates than Bonneville has proposed for its next
five year rate period, 2002-2006.
Citing unnamed "dam removal ...
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5. NO DAM BREACHING SAY NW REPS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With a draft biological opinion due in October, the National Marine
Fisheries Service has been urged to come up with a Columbia Basin salmon
recovery plan that does not require dam removal, receives independent
scientific review, identifies economic mitigation costs and is completed
on schedule.
"We urge you to develop and analyze a recovery alternative that includes
aggressive measures in all four H's (Habitat, Hydro, Hatcheries and
Harvest) but does not include dam breaching or ...
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6. GROUPS RAP DSI RATE PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest energy and conservation groups are taking the Bonneville Power
Administration, and the region's congressional delegation, to task
regarding a 2002-2006 rate proposal that they say has gone from bad
to
worse.
A June 15 letter from the Northwest Energy Coalition-Sierra Club asks
BPA administrator Judith Johansen to rethink a proposal offered recently
to "direct service industries" such as the aluminum industry.
A separate letter dated June 17 from Northwest Energy ...
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7. FISH TRANSPORT SHIFTS TO DOWNRIVER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With the bulk of the spring juvenile fish migration completed, the fish
transportation emphasis will soon shift from the Snake River to the
Columbia's McNary Dam to accommodate summer migrants such as the fall
chinook salmon.
As of June 13, 20.1 million young fish -- predominantly spring chinook
and steelhead -- had been collected by the Corps of Engineers at three
Lower Snake River dams. Of those, 15.15 million were transported by
barge and released below Bonneville dam, the dam on ...
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15 million fish compared to about 10.7 million last year.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The barge transportation on the Snake is scheduled to continue through
June 25, Hurson said. The Corps is now using two barges with one heading
down river every other day. The 1998 steelhead supplement to the 1995
opinion calls for barge transportation through June 24. Prior to that
decision, the Corps would have probably shifted to transport trucks,
which have lower capacity, by this time of year.
"While we're still barging, we could be trucking" because of the
relatively low numbers ...
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8. SPRING COUNT SPAWNS OPTIMISM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A bad news, good news scenario has played out as fishery managers tally
the return of adult spring chinook salmon from the Pacific Ocean heading
into the Columbia-Snake river basin to spawn.
Overall numbers are well below historic 10-year average returns, but
the
actual return of 4- and 5-year-old spawners is much higher than
forecast.
And the return of "jack" spring chinook -- 3-year-olds that return to
freshwater prematurely -- is the best since 1976 and the sixth highest
since ...
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75 percent of the return and the remaining spawners could still match
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
their parents' return rate. Unfortunately, a variety of factors in-river
and in the ocean affect the rate of return
Still, the 1999 return is just slightly half of the 10-year average
return of 66,000. The historic range (1938 to 1998) has been from 50,000
to 270,000. From 1950 to 1975 the spring chinook return as consistently
above 140,000. Since 1975 counts have been consistently below 100,000.
"But it's good news that out of those extremely low broods we go this
kind of return," ...
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9. WATER MONITORING VALUE DEBATED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In-season river management experts agreed Wednesday that increased
monitoring of water temperatures in the Lower Snake River could help
them help fish better survive summer migrations.
But most members of the Technical Management Team (TMT) also said that
the addition of such a data stream, as proposed, is unlikely to have
an
immediate impact on their decision-making.
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has requested tri-level
thermographs be placed at 16 locations from ...
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10. CORPS SUED OVER NEW IRRIGATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Environmental groups followed through this week with a two-month old
threat to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers if it did not stop a
potential irrigation withdrawal by a new farm development in Eastern
Oregon.
However, the Corps says its responsibility stops with issuing a permit
for the pump and that the Oregon Water Resources Department is
responsible for regulating any water withdrawals.
The groups filed the suit in U.S. District Court June 17, contending
the
Corps failed to ...
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80 percent of water withdrawals in the Northwest."
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Corps acknowledged the suit had been filed, but said it is not
responsible for the water withdrawal.
"Yes, a suit has been filed. However, the Corps' only involvement is
a
regulatory issue," said Diane Brimfall, the Corps' Chief of the Portland
District public affairs office. "In this case, the Oregon Water
Resources Department is the one to make the decision on the water
withdrawal."
She added that she believes the Justice Department may have already
asked the suit to be ...
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11. WASHINGTON CONSIDERS WILDLIFE LISTINGS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife this week released draft
status reports recommending listing four species of wildlife as
endangered or threatened under the state's endangered species statutes.
Citing loss of habitat as a common thread in listing species, WDFW
recommended listing the northern leopard frog as endangered, the common
loon and the mardon skipper, a butterfly, as threatened, and the Olympic
mudminnow as a sensitive species.
"Habitat loss is the common thread ...
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12. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, Executive Director, Taxpayers for Common Sense:
Dear CBB,
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) is right that one result of the "salmon
bureaucracy" has been that "billions of dollars have been spent
generating reams of data which, thus far, have not materialized in
any
coherent plan of action."
Of course, it is also true that salmon bureaucrats have produced some
useful research data that may help build political consensus on a
controversial issue. For the record, the salmon bureaucracy is ...
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651 Penn. Ave., SE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Wash, DC 20003
Tel: 202-546-8500 x102
Fax: 202-546-8511
www.taxpayer.net
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