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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jul 9, 1998
Jul 9, 1998

1. COUNCIL RECOMMENDS SUSPENDING SCREEN PROJECT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
HELENA-A scientific panel's recommendation that contracting for a proposed
$40 million project to install extended-length screens at John Day Dam
be suspended was ordered forwarded to congressional appropriations committees
Wednesday.

Accompanying the Independent Scientific Advisory Board report will be
a letter from the Northwest Power Planning Council backing ISAB conclusions.
The Washington D.C.-bound packet will also contain the comments of five
other key players in Columbia ...
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2. MID-COLUMBIA SALMON PLANS CELEBRATED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two of the three Mid-Columbia public utility districts celebrated the
near-completion of habitat conservation plans for their hydropower projects
by signing a "commemorative declaration" at Wenatchee on June
27th.

The utilities' 50-year plan promises "no net impact" to migrating
salmon from hydropower operations at Chelan County PUD's Rocky Reach and
Rock Island dams and Douglas County PUD's Wells Dam. Grant County PUD,
which owns and operates Wanapum and Priest ...
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3. INTERIOR BILL LIMITS AGENCIES' ACTIONS ON RIVER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A $13.4 billion Interior Appropriations bill includes language crafted
by Senator Slade Gorton that would allocate $2 million to initiate removal
of the lower Elwha River dam near Port Angeles contingent upon approval
of accompanying legislation limiting the ability of federal agencies to
modify the Columbia/Snake hydropower system without congressional authorization.


Information distributed by Gorton's office says the Columbia River Basin
bill "prevents federal or state ...
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4. FRAMEWORK PROPONENTS LOOK FOR REGIONAL "BUY-IN"
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Development of a Columbia River Basin multi-species "framework"
document, expected to be underway by mid-month, remains in the talking
stages as proponents seek the regional "buy-in" deemed necessary
to make the project a success.

The Northwest Power Planning Council-initiated proposal envisions the
creation of a multi-species framework that would guide Basin fish and wildlife
restoration policy for the Council, tribes, and federal and state agencies.
The ...
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5. GORTON PROPOSAL CUTS OFF FUNDING FOR ICBEMP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
"I have effectively killed the project in its present form,"
Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wa., said when explaining how the Senate Interior
Appropriations bill dramatically changes the course of the Interior Columbia
Basin Ecosystem Management Project, the largest federal land management
effort ever undertaken in the United States.

Gorton, chairman of the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, wants
the project halted now and the information already gathered turned over
to federal ...
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6. BOR ACCEPTS REGIONAL SCRUTINY FOR GAS STUDIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bureau of Reclamation agreed July 2 to reopen discussion on structural
alternatives to reduce total dissolved gas in waters released from Grand
Coulee Dam.

The National Marine Fisheries Service's 1998 Biological Opinion for
wild steelhead requires a feasibility study of such alternatives to be
completed by the end of fiscal year 2000.

The Bureau acceded to a request by members of NMFS's System Configuration
Team for a July 30 meeting open to interested parties for technical ...
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7. IDAHO WANTS VOICE IN STEELHEAD HARVEST TALKS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho Department of Fish and Game has asked the National Marine Fisheries
Service to "clarify" its plans for wild steelhead harvest rates
during the 1998 mainstem fisheries and include Idaho in any negotiations
impacting the numbers of steelhead returning to the state's waters.

"Earlier this year you sent a letter to the Columbia River Treaty
Tribes detailing the rationale for harvest rates of 5 percent to 7 percent
for Group B wild steelhead in 1998 fisheries," says
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8. STEELHEAD NET EXCHANGE FUNDING MOVES FORWARD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
HELENA-The use of $500,000 in so-called "ESA-Reserve funds"
has been recommended for the purchase of larger-mesh fishing nets that
would be exchanged with tribal fishers in the hope of reducing the harvest
of wild steelhead this summer.

The decision was made Wednesday "conditioned on the understanding
that an agreement to the net exchange is reached with the involved tribal
authorities before funds are spent," according to a draft letter from
Northwest Power ...
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9. COUNCIL, FISH MANAGERS MULL PROJECT ISSUES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
HELENA-Northwest Power Planning Council Fish and Wildlife Program efforts
will focus during the next 2 ½ months on identifying and addressing
the many issues raised since the June 15 release of the Independent Scientific
Review Panel's analysis of the proposed fiscal year 1999 draft work plan
proposed by regional fish and wildlife managers.

The review of the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Authority's 1999
draft plan was carried out during the spring by a 10-member panel of ...
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10. CASAVANT HAS NO REGRETS OVER 1994 VOTE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With the departure of Ken Casavant of Washington State, the Northwest
Power Planning Council lost the last member who voted for its controversial
1994 Fish and Wildlife Program, which is intended to guide Council and
regional fish and wildlife policies in the Columbia River Basin.

Casavant, who took office in 1994, attended his last meeting on June
30 in Helena. He was replaced by Tom Karier of Spokane, appointed by Gov.
Gary Locke after Casavant announced his resignation earlier ...
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11. CRA PUSHES FOR $200 MILLION FISH FUNDING OPTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Alliance wants its proposed $200 million a year salmon
recovery plan to be one of the options in Bonneville Power Administration's
"Keep the Options Open" fish and wildlife funding process.

Currently, BPA is considering a future fish and wildlife budget that
includes salmon recovery scenarios with annual costs ranging from $439
million to $786 million a year for the years 2002-2006. For the years 2007-2012,
some of the drawdown options reach as high as ...
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12. MULTI-YEAR FUNDING, OTHER REFORMS PONDERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Even as the fiscal year 1999 process reaches its final, critical stages,
much thinking is being devoted to improving the Fish and Wildlife Program
project selection process, as well as program results.

An Independent Scientific Review Panel review of the 1999 process outlined
recommendations for specific project improvements to be considered and
a list of programmatic questions that it intends to investigate over the
coming months. The Northwest Power Planning Council staff delivered ...
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13. WALLA WALLA FISH PASSAGE PROJECTS FUNDED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
HELENA-Funding for six deferred watershed projects, including $1.5 million
for ongoing plans to improve passage for steelhead and bull trout in the
Walla Walla Basin, won the approval of the Northwest Power Planning Council
Wednesday.

The funding recommendations, now forwarded to the Bonneville Power Administration,
brought to a close the fiscal year 1998 watershed project funding process.
The projects were among a group of 14 submitted to the Council last summer
for funding that ...
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14. FEEDBACK FROM READERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Feedback comments should be sent to Intermountain Communications by
e-mail: intercom@ucinet.com. Please
put "feedback" in the subject line.

We encourage comments about particular stories, complaints about inaccuracies
or omissions; additional information; general views about the topic covered;
or opinions that counterbalance statements reported. Comments on the content
of the Feedback section are also welcome.

From Bob Heinith, hydro coordinator for the Columbia ...
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