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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jul 16, 1999
Jul 16, 1999

1. IDAHO AGREES TO DWORSHAK FLOW AUG
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The state of Idaho agreed to criteria this week on when to begin ramping-up
discharges from Idahos Dworshak Dam to augment flows and cool water at
Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.
An Idaho representative said the state expects that Dworshak water will
be needed sometime this weekend to ensure flow targets set by the multi-agency
Technical Management Team, but asked that the Dworshak reservoir be allowed
to fill at least through Friday, or as long as possible.
"We anticipate that some
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2. TROUT UNLIMITED STUDY PREDICTS EXTINCTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Sponsors of a study that predicts Snake River wild spring and summer
chinook extinction by 2017 say the new information serves as a call for
policy makers to immediately pursue an aggressive restoration plan.
"This is only going in one direction," Dr. Phil Mundy said of spawning
ground population "trend lines" that have, particularly since 1981, been
plummeting downward.
Mundy prepared the report, "Status and Expected Time to Extinction for
Snake River Spring and Summer Chinook ...
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3. REDFISH-BOUND SOCKEYE NUMBERS SURPRISE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Biologist will still likely be able to count the number of Redfish Lake-bound
adult sockeye salmon on the fingers of one hand, yet Idaho officials are
encouraged about the prospects for this year's return.
As of midweek, the Corps of Engineers had reported "seven sightings
above Ice Harbor (the farthest downstream of four Lower Snake River dams)
but some of them might be duplicate sightings," said Paul Kline, principal
fishery research biologist at the Eagle Hatchery for the Idaho ...
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4. CUTTHROAT LISTING DECISION DUE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The federal government is expected to announce within the next few weeks
whether the status of westslope cutthroat trout stocks warrants listing
under the Endangered Species Act.
And the prospect of federal protection over the cutthroat's vast range
has some state officials chaffing.
"There's no way that species is on the verge of extinction," said Bill
Hutchinson, fishery manager for Idaho's Department of Fish and Game. "We've
got thriving populations."
Most of Idaho's westslope ...
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5. HATCHERY REVIEW SCHEDULE SLIPS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Completion of a comprehensive review of Columbia Basin hatchery practices
may be pushed back to October while "holes" in the report to Congress are
filled.
Those holes include the development of "performance standards" by which
individual hatcheries can be judged and the refinement of proposed policy
implementation measures, according to John Shurts, general counsel for
the Northwest Power Planning Council. Those performance standards will
be included in the "implementation" section ...
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6. JOHN DAY TESTS SEEK SPILL/GAS EQUILIBRIUM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Various levels of spill, spill configuration and tailwater elevation
were tested at the John Day Dam in early July to determine the best level
to spill water for fish passage while complying with total dissolved gas
(TDG) limits.
The multi-agency Technical Management Team considered the spill test
at its June 30 meeting -- implementation at the John Day Dam began the
following evening. TMT oversees in-season management changes in operations
of the Columbia River power system to facilitate
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7. LYNX LISTING DECISION DELAYED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Hoping to settle disagreements about the Canada lynx' status, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it will delay for six
months its decision on whether to list the forest-dwelling cat as threatened
under the Endangered Species Act.
The federal ESA allows a delay in making listing determinations when
there is substantial disagreement regarding the sufficiency or accuracy
of the available data, according to the agency.
"The Fish and Wildlife Service is aware there ...
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8. CHELAN RELICENSING SEEKS BALANCE OF USES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Lake Chelan hydroelectric project produces only 48 megawatts of
electricity, small when compared to large projects on the Columbia River
mainstem. But the number of stakeholders who want a say in the way the
project will be operated when the dams license is due for renewal in 2004
is just as large as if it produced as much electricity as Bonneville Dam.
In addition to the usual fish and wildlife issues brought to the process
by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Forest ...
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9. LOCKE APPOINTS SALMON FUNDING BOARD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The newly created Washington Salmon Recovery Fund Board will be led
by Bill Ruckelshaus, former chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and a key figure in the recent resolution of the U.S.-Canada Pacific
Salmon Treaty.
Gov. Gary Locke on Thursday announced Ruckelshaus will chair the salmon
funding board. It was created by the 1999 Washington Legislature to guide
the spending of funds targeted for recovery activities and projects.
The 1999 Washington Legislature earmarked ...
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10. BONNEVILLE FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, set up only last year to promote
new renewable energy projects and watershed restoration in the Pacific
Northwest, announced this week that it had made its first grants.
Awards went to the Mohawk Watershed Partnership in Ore., Sea Resources,
Inc., in southwestern Washington, and the city of Ashland, Ore.
"This is a special day for our organization, and for this region," said
former Oregon U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield, chair of the Foundation Board. ...
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12. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Contrary to the July 9 report in CBB regarding the filing of Washington's
Ban All Nets Initiative 696, passage this fall will not affect commercial
trolling.
Commercial Trolling is a hook and line fishery and will continue. The
only effect that commercial trollers will experience is an increase in
the number of salmon available to be caught when nets are removed.
Perhaps your reporter confused commercial "trolling" with commercial
"trawling" which involves a large weighted net being ...
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