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Jul 9, 1999

Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A stepped up schedule of "site reviews"
has been suggested as an attempt
to settle major differences of opinion
between Columbia Basin fish and
wildlife managers and the group
of scientists charged with reviewing
Columbia Basin project funding proposals
for fiscal year 2000.
But it is uncertain whether such
reviews could be completed in time to
answer questions the 11-member Independent
Scientific Review Panel has
about the artificial production
practice known as ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Researchers feel a different sort
of "spread the risk" strategy may be
needed to reduce the impact of nesting
Caspian terns on migrating
Columbia-Snake river salmon and
A spring-early summer experiment
near the mouth of the Columbia was
aimed at moving the world's largest
colony of Caspian terns, and their
appetites, from one island to the
other. It has been estimated the birds
consume from 10 million to 30 million
salmon smolts annually, which is
about 10 to 30 ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A U.S. House committee has approved
a Northwest congressman's proposal
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to develop a plan to remove
salmon-eating Caspian terns from
Rice Island in the Columbia River.
"We must do more to preserve these
important salmon runs," Rep. George
Nethercutt, R-Wash., said, citing
estimates the birds consumed 10
million to 23 million migrating
juvenile salmon, or 25 percent of the
population, during 1997-98.
Under Nethercutt's proposal, which
was ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A panel of scientists gathered July
1 agreed that climatic and ocean
conditions can greatly affect the
numbers of salmon that return to the
Columbia River Basin to spawn and
complete their life cycle.
But they also warned that information
is still limited about specific
ocean survival cause-and-effects,
and that salmon recovery hopes can't
be pinned solely on a predicted
return to more favorable ocean
Fisheries scientists gathered in
Portland last week to explain ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A better understanding of the timing
and causes of long-term climate and
ocean changes "cycles" will enable
decision makers to make more informed
choices regarding salmon recovery
That's the message relayed to the
audience July 1 by a series of experts
gathered by the Northwest Power
Planning Council for a special symposium
in Portland.
Those experts touched on a variety
of topics:
 -- Leading off was GEORGE H.
TAYLOR, the Oregon state ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
All ten proposals to fund PATH (Plan
for Analyzing and Testing
Hypotheses) in FY2000 received a
"do not fund" designation from the
Independent Scientific Review Panel. 
While concluding in its report
that PATH should be "congratulated
for a job well done," the ISRP also
recommended that it be phased out
in its present form.
As a result, PATH scientists pleaded
their case before the
Implementation Team (IT) Thursday,
saying that the people involved in
PATH can continue to ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A program that controlled fluctuations
in river flow as a way to prevent
stranding salmon fry at Hanford
Reach on the Columbia River came to an
end June 30, but the final impact
of changes to river operations on the
fry won't be known until late summer.
The one-season operating plan was
initiated March 10 by hydro managers
after a long consultation with fish
managers on how to avoid a repeat of
1998's high stranding mortality. 
The fish managers had estimated in a
report ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest can save salmon, keep
jobs and protect "our vision and
values," but it won't come without
a price, U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith,
R-Oregon, said during a "Save Our
Communities" rally June 26.
Smith was the keynote speaker for
the rally, which was designed to voice
opposition to any plans for breaching
the four lower Snake River dams.
The federal government is evaluating
the benefits of removing the
earthen portions of the four dams
as part of a long-term plan to ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Advocates of reforming the Endangered
Species Act hope passage of a
narrowly drawn Senate bill amending
the act could pave the way for
comprehensive overhaul in the future.
The Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee on June 29 approved a
bill to allow federal agencies more
time to designate critical habitat,
clear up a backlog of recovery plans
and require greater public
participation in the process.
The committee passed the bill, S.
1100, by unanimous voice vote.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A decision to begin using water from
Idaho's Dworshak Dam for early
summer flow augmentation to help
in juvenile fish passage was sent back
Thursday to the Technical Management
Team, the Columbia River system's
in-season management group.
TMT had considered the System Operation
Request Wednesday to maintain
flow at Lower Granite Dam on the
Snake River at a weekly average of
57,000 cubic feet per second through
July 11 and of 55 kcfs through July
18.  The SOR envisioned ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An Oregon proposal to set a 68-degree
upper limit for water temperature
in the Willamette River will likely
be rejected by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
later this month.  EPA is expected to
favor a 64-degree limit that would
have fewer adverse impacts on salmon
and steelhead.
Oregon's Department of Environmental
Quality proposed temperature limits
for Oregon rivers and streams as
a requirement under the federal Clean
Water Act and submitted its proposal
to the ...
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