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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jun 19, 1998
Jun 19, 1998

1. HOUSE COMMITTEE DEFUNDS CORPS SALMON PROGRAM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday approved a $21 billion energy
and water appropriations bill that virtually abolishes funding for the
Army Corps of Engineers' proposed $117 million Columbia River Fish Mitigation
Program. The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee and then to the
House floor.

Some of the cuts likely will be restored on the House floor and in a
House-Senate conference committee. The level of financing in a final bill
will determine whether the National ...
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2. SCIENTISTS ISSUE REVIEW OF 1999 FISH PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Last year's Independent Scientific Review Panel analysis of the proposed
FY 1998 Fish and Wildlife Program work plan brought criticism and change
to the way the Northwest Power Planning Council and Bonneville Power Administration
choose projects for funding.

The latest edition, a review of the 1999 work plan, contains every bit
as much criticism of the fish and wildlife restoration project selection
process. But it mixes in, again, plenty of suggestions for improvement
and a few, ...
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3. ISRP SAYS 40 PERCENT OF PROJECTS "INADEQUATE"
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A scientific review of fish and wildlife project proposals released
Monday stressed the need to take the application process more seriously,
or face the possibility of leaving worthy projects unfunded.

About 40 percent of the 403 projects submitted for funding through the
Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Program were deemed
technically "inadequate" in an report by the Independent Scientific
Review Panel.

When making funding recommendations, the ...
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4. JOHN DAY SCREENS PUT ON HOLD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Representatives from Northwest states, federal agencies and tribes reached
an uneasy consensus Friday to withhold judgment temporarily on the $40
million John Day Dam extended length screen project.

The justification for the project was questioned last week in a report
issued by the Independent Scientific Advisory Board. The panel panned the
fish diversion project on both scientific and financial grounds.

In response, the Northwest Power Planning Council on May 10 urged the
Army ...
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5. HOUSE DELEGATION WANTS FISH FUNDING AGREEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Fifteen members of the Northwest's House delegation have sent a letter
to Vice-President Al Gore urging the Administration to "move promptly"
on determining the Bonneville Power Administration's fish and wildlife
funding levels for the years 2002-2006.

The House members say they want salmon recovery costs based on "realistic
and reasonable" measures and that U.S. taxpayers should share the
costs. Rep. Elizabeth Furse, D-Oregon, and Rep. Helen Chenoweth, ...
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6. GROUPS THREATEN TO SUE BPA OVER POWER SALES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Conservation groups announced Wednesday their intent to sue the Bonneville
Power Administration if the agency moves forward on selling power from
Lower Snake River dams. The 60-day notice of intent to sue was filed in
federal court.

"For some misguided reason, BPA wants to start right now in 1998
signing up its utility customers on contracts for electric power sales
in 2001-2006," said Jim Baker, Northwest Salmon Campaign Coordinator
for the Sierra Club. "Try as we have,
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7. OREGON GETS NEW POWER COUNCIL MEMBER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
For the first time since January, the Northwest Power Planning Council
is at full membership.

Last week, the Oregon State Legislature confirmed Gov. John Kitzhaber's
appointment of Eric J. Bloch, 38, to the Council. The seat had been open
since January, when Joyce Cohen vacated the position after serving one
three-year term.

Bloch, who took office last week, said he will be focusing on the Council
"developing an analytical framework that can be a policy tool for
the ...
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8. TRANSITION BOARD PROPOSES COST RECOVERY MECHANISM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Energy Review Transition Board has released for public
comment a proposed "cost recovery mechanism" that would allow
the Bonneville Power Administration to balance the books if costs, including
fish and wildlife expenses, exceed revenues.

"Under some expectations about future market conditions, it is
likely that Bonneville's customers would see substantial benefits relative
to purchasing from the wholesale power market, even if Bonneville is called
upon ...
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9. SHANKS QUITS WASHINGTON FISH AND WILDLIFE POST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Bern Shanks, director of Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife,
last week submitted his resignation, effective Sept. 11.

Shanks, the target of criticism for months, agreed in his letter of
resignation that he would not sue the department or the state. Deputy Director
Larry Peck will take over the director's duties. During the next three
months, Shanks will prepare an analysis of options for long-term funding
options for the department.

"Two years ago I was hired for ...
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10. USGS FINDS WILLAMETTE BASIN WATER QUALITY POOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A U.S. Geological Survey five-year study of water quality has ranked
the Willamette Basin "among the most degraded" compared to 19
similar river basins studied throughout the U.S.

The Willamette River is the largest tributary to the Columbia River
below the Snake. It drains approximately 12,000 square miles of the most
densely populated part of the State of Oregon and empties into the Columbia
at Portland. It is a significant source of pollution to the Lower Columbia
and ...
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11. TEAM PULLS TOGETHER 'MULTI-SPECIES' PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Interim subcommittees of the Three Sovereigns process are pulling together
budget, mission statement, and leadership for the "multi-species framework"
requested by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Northwest Power
Planning Council.

An interim team made up of Danny Consenstein, representing NMFS, John
Brogoitti, Oregon member of the Council, and Roy Sampsel, consultant representing
the tribes, met June 15 and will meet again June 22, at which time they
expect ...
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12. GRANDE RONDE SUPPLEMENTATION GETS FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two projects intended to "jump start" threatened salmon populations
with endemic or native broodstock moved ahead last with the necessary endorsements
from the Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee
and the full Council.

The Grande Ronde Basin Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation project's
"Step 3 Review" was endorsed by the Council May 10. That should
help garner $2.6 million in Bonneville Power Administration funding for
construction ...
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13. 1998 STEELHEAD BIOP GUIDES RIVER OPERATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The 1998 Supplemental Biological Opinion (BiOp) for steelhead has been
guiding Columbia River operations this spring, although the three federal
operating agencies have not yet issued formal Records of Decision. The
National Marine Fisheries Service issued the BiOp on May 14.

"We already agreed to implement the 1998 BiOp when it was in draft
form," says Dan Daley of the Bonneville Power Administration. "The
Records of Decision represent a confirmation and clarification of
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14. RIVER OPERATORS DISCUSS FLOWS FOR STURGEON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Regional fish managers have requested that federal hydro operators provide
water through June 25 for sturgeon spawning in the Kootenai River below
Bonners Ferry, but without penalizing summer salmon migrants in the Columbia
River. The fear is that water released from Libby Dam now will not be available
for flow augmentation in the summer.

The request came in the form of a June 10 "System Operational Request"
to the National Marine Fisheries Service's Technical Management ...
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15. COUNCIL, CBFWA LOOK AT MULTI-YEAR PROJECT FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The thought was firmly implanted, long before Monday's release of the
Independent Scientific Review Panel's analysis of projects to be funded
in 1999 under the Northwest Power Planning Council's Fish and Wildlife
Program.

Things need to be done to streamline the project review process, and
while at the same time improving its overall effectiveness. One step seemingly
destined for implementation is a multi-year funding process.

"There's head nods all around" when the ...
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16. RIVER OPERATIONS: FLOWS, SPILL DECLINE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
(Editor's Note: The Columbia Basin Bulletin will periodically keep readers
posted on river operations during the spring/summer salmon and steelhead
migration season. Most of the information comes from weekly reports by
the Fish Passage Center.)

The 1998 spring migration season started with a shortfall of available
water at Grand Coulee Dam, but heavy rains in most of the Columbia Basin
starting the second week of May and continuing into early June brought
up the flows.

As of ...
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17. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, hydro coordinator for the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish
Commission (Heib@critfc.org):
You should avoid using the term NMFS' "Regional Forum" because
it implies that the entire region participates in it.

The treaty tribes and the State of Montana two years ago formally withdrew
from participation in the process and the majority of the other tribes
in the basin do not participate in the process. The more accurate term
is the NMFS' "Adaptive Management Process". ...
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