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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jul 24, 1998
Jul 24, 1998

1. SMOLT TRANSPORT STUDY SHOWS LOW ADULT RETURNS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Whether as smolts they are transported or migrate in-river, adult spring/summer
wild chinook are returning to the Snake River Basin in numbers far lower
than needed for recovery, according to preliminary results of smolt transportation
research by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Scientists believe Columbia Basin wild salmon stocks need an adult return
rate of 2-6 percent to reverse population decline.

Preliminary research results show transported wild and hatchery ...
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2. CORPS BUDGET FOCUS OF SALMON RECOVERY DEBATE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest conservation and fishing organizations are asking the Northwest
congressional delegation to add language to a House spending bill that
would dramatically reverse the course of salmon recovery in the Columbia
River Basin.

But regional officials for the Army Corps of Engineers say the organizations
are misreading the intent of the House Appropriations Committee, which
virtually eliminated capital funding for hydropower modifications guided
by the National Marine Fisheries ...
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3. STUDY: HIGHER FLOWS INCREASE FALL CHINOOK SURVIVAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
New, preliminary data from the National Marine Fisheries Service indicates
a strong relationship between higher river flows, colder water temperature,
and subyearling Snake River fall chinook survival through the hydropower
system.

NMFS fisheries biologist Chris Ross presented some of the data at a
recent meeting of the Implementation Team, a group of senior level state
and federal policymakers. NMFS reports are posted on the Bonneville Power
Administration's website (see link ...
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4. UTILITY EXPLAINS CONDIT DAM REMOVAL OPTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
WHITE SALMON, Wash., -- The breaching of the Condit Dam seems to be
the only logical business choice that could be made to satisfy fish passage
requirements, according to PacifiCorp officials.

A crowd of about 135 mostly White Salmon River drainage residents heard
that message Tuesday at a special meeting called to explain dam removal
options.

A large majority of those who offered comments cheered the prospect
of removing the impediment to salmon and steelhead passage. Others, ...
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5. NW GOVERNORS RELEASE RIVER GOVERNANCE OPTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Northwest governors are asking for public comment on five river
governance models in an effort to "identify a potential legislative
proposal" that could be included a Northwest chapter of a national
energy restructuring bill.

"Even as we begin this discussion, the governors are working actively
with the federal government and the tribes in the Three Sovereigns process,"
say the governors in a letter accompanying the governance proposals.

"We ...
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6. FRAMEWORK FUNDING, SUPPORT STILL UP IN AIR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A letter has been penned and is poised for mailing, but that request
for multi-species framework development funding is stalled for at least
another week as Columbia River Basin fishery managers and those involved
in the Three Sovereigns process ponder its worth.

The letter calls for the Bonneville Power Administration to allocate
$894,500 to be spent between now and the end of the calendar year on the
project's first phase. The Northwest Power Planning Council, whose staff
is ...
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7. PANEL: COUNCIL MUST MOVE BEYOND 'SOFT TASKS'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Panelists took different paths to reach the same point Wednesday ·
that the Northwest Power Council must move beyond the "soft tasks"
it now undertakes if it is to play a lead role in regional fish and wildlife
and power decisions.

The Council, created by the Northwest Power Act of 1980, began an effort
earlier this summer to redefine its role. The release of a discussion paper,
"The Role of the Northwest Power Planning Council," was intended
to prompt ...
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8. SALMON MANAGERS DISAGREE ON DWORSHAK RELEASES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Consensus among federal, state, and tribal salmon managers broke down
this week over the release of water from Idaho's Dworshak Dam to cool down
the Snake River and increase flows in the Lower Columbia.

Fish biologists from the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, and the states of Oregon and Washington opted to
put as much water as possible into the Snake from now until the end of
August. Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Columbia Basin ...
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9. NMFS SEEKS DELAY OF OREGON COHO LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials, arguing that an immediate Endangered Species Act
listing of Oregon coastal coho salmon would do more harm than good, are
asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to negate a lower court ruling
that the coho must be listed on Aug. 3.

In a 13-page declaration presented to the court July 18, Will Stelle,
Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, asks
for a "stay" of the lower court deadline. NMFS wants to hold
off a listing while ...
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10. FUNDS RECOMMENDED FOR LEAVENWORTH HATCHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A recommendation that $153,000 be allocated to fund a Leavenworth National
Fish Hatchery Complex budget shortfall has been forwarded by the Northwest
Power Planning Council to the Bonneville Power Administration.

The Council decided Wednesday to second a recommendation from the Columbia
Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority favoring the expenditure. The NPPC letter
to BPA administrator Judith Johansen asks BPA to OK expenditures from its
reimbursables program.

The Bureau of ...
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11. IEAB BUDGET, MEMBERSHIP ISSUES ADDRESSED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Recently resigned Northwest Power Planning Council member Ken Casavant
has emerged as the top candidate to fill a vacant slot on the Independent
Economic Advisory Board.

Casavant, an agricultural economist now on sabbatical from Washington
State University, stepped down this summer and was replaced June 30 by
Tom Karier of Spokane. Casavant had "indicated an interest" in
joining the economic advisory panel so his name was added to the list of
prospective candidates to replace
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12. HOUSE BUMPS OFF ICBEMP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An ongoing ecosystem management plan for the entire Columbia River basin
is one step closer to a shutdown after the House of Representatives voted
Thursday to pull the plug on the project's funding.

The six-state Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan has
been touted by the Clinton administration as the only way to avoid future
conflict and court battles over endangered species protection in the Northwest.


But critics have argued the project has been a waste of money- $40
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13. RIVER OPERATIONS MOVE INTO SUMMER
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.)

River hydropower operations shifted from spring to summer mode at the
end of June. Salmon managers and river operators struggled to coordinate
summer flow augmentation for migrating salmon with storage needs in the
Upper Columbia and Snake River
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