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Jul 30, 1999

Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The cost of electricity to a residential consumer
in the Northwest could rise by $1.50 to $5.30 per
month if four lower Snake River Dams are breached
in an attempt to save endangered runs of Snake
River salmon and steelhead.
Breaching could also cost farmers an additional 27
cents per bushel to ship grain if barges can't
travel up the Snake River to Lewiston, and it
could mean a loss of as much as $9.2 million in
irrigated farmland values.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...
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1960s and that half of the sediment would be
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
eroded and flow downstream.
A "relevant agreement" analysis provides
information for policy makers about how a
breaching decision impacts or is impacted by
pre-existing intergovernmental agreements, such as
a federal memorandum of agreement on spending for
fish recovery or on the Canadian Entitlement
Allocation Agreement.
The reports are products of the Drawdown Regional
Economic Workgroup (DREW), which has been assigned
the task of estimating the economic impacts of
three alternative
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20 to 30 pages.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The final recommendations are expected to go to
the Secretary of the Army in the year 2000. The
report will help Congress determine the best
course of action towards recovery of Snake River
endangered and listed salmon.
Loss of the four dams would reduce the output of
the federal power system by 1,231 average
megawatts in an average water year, or about 11
percent of the federal system's production and
about 5 percent of total energy production in the
That loss will ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An 11th hour agreement between the Columbia River
treaty tribes and state and federal agencies, and
a coincident biological opinion, appear to have
paved the way for a smooth beginning to the
summer/fall mainstem sport and commercial salmon
fishing seasons.
Negotiations have produced an extension of the
Columbia River Fish Management Plan that allocates
the salmon fishery amongst treaty and non-Indian
fishers. The negotiations involve parties to U.S.
vs. Oregon -- Idaho, Oregon and ...
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15 percent impact on Group A and wild Group B
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
steelhead. The maximum allowable non-Indian
mainstem fisheries impact on upriver steelhead
would be 2 percent. New criteria developed by the
U.S. vs. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee
classify as B steelhead those that measure 78
centimeters long or longer and that pass
Bonneville after Aug. 25;
-- provide a tribal harvest of 50 percent of the
harvestable surplus and a reasonable non-Indian
fishery upriver bright impact of 8 percent;
-- non-Indian fishers will be managed not ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
New government cost estimates of breaching four
Snake River dams provide additional proof that it
would cause an economic disaster in the region,
Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., said this week.
In a Senate floor speech aimed at calling
attention to three Army Corps of Engineers studies
on the impacts on irrigation, barge transportation
and power production, Gorton made one of his
strongest cogent arguments to date against the
proposal for restoring endangered salmon.
Although he ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Marina owners, recreationists and other Lake
Koocanusa users will hold a demonstration Saturday
against a planned 20-foot drawdown at Libby Dam.
The drawdown was formally requested by regional
salmon managers last week to help salmon move
through the lower Columbia River system. Because
of a late runoff, flood control concerns and June
releases aimed at helping white sturgeon spawning,
the reservoir was slow to fill this year, coming
about 3 feet shy of full pool as of Wednesday.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The state of Montana has been waging a procedural
protest against 20-foot drawdowns at Libby and
Hungry Horse dam, and the effort appears to have
been successful.
A "Systems Operation Request" was made Wednesday
by the state to stop the 20-foot drawdown, which
was requested by regional salmon managers last
week to help salmon move through the lower
Columbia River system.
Also Wednesday, salmon managers requested a
200,000 cubic feet per second weekly flow average
at McNary ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The House and Senate are close to agreement on the
Army Corps of Engineers budget for Columbia River
fish mitigation in FY2000.
The House on Tuesday passed its version of the
annual energy and water appropriations bill, which
included $65 million for the program, just $5
million less than the Senate amount. The Senate
passed its bill on June 19.
Most of the money is used for improvements to
salmon collection, transportation and by-pass
facilities at federal dams on the Columbia ...
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1997 balanced budget agreement.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The House commerce, state and justice
appropriation bill does not include any money for
President Clinton's proposed Pacific Salmon Fund
for West Coast states. The Senate has approved
$100 million to be shared by the Alaska,
Washington, Oregon and California, and Indian
tribes for endangered coastal salmon recovery
projects and implementation of the recent
U.S.-Canada salmon treaty.
Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., an Appropriations
Committee member, plans to push for the money ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An alternative plan to boost kokanee populations
in Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille can't be put on a
funding fast track, but the Northwest Power
Planning Council will investigate how the proposal
compares with an ongoing recovery strategy.
The Pend Oreille Public Utility District and
Kalispel Tribe, in a May 27 letter to the
Northwest Power Planning Council, called current
efforts "devastating to interests downstream" from
the lake. It asked for scientific and economic
analysis of both ...
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1997 produced record fry counts and half the
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
anticipated population in all of the other age
classes of kokanee.
The IDFG principal fisheries research biologist
says kokanee are often flushed downstream and out
of the lake during such wet springs. The IDFG
would like to continue the study for a fourth year
so it has more representative three-year sample,
excluding that first year.
Buckley said the tribes and PUD wanted to discuss
the project's downstream side effects, and other
recovery options, before extending the ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Officials of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers laid
out modifications to its channel dredging plan
this week that it says addresses most of the
concerns of governments and fishermen of the lower
Columbia River.
At the same time, a new group concerned with the
environmental effects of deepening the Columbia
River shipping channel says it believes the
logical conclusion to the Corps? study would be to
recommend against the dredging project.
The Columbia Deepening Opposition ...
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1990, the Corps dredged a 34-foot deep, 350-foot
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
wide, 1.75 mile channel to Tongue Point based on
the speculation that the facility would be used.
?Today, there still is not a user for that site,?
she said.
Huhtala said CDOG had concerns other than those
addressed by Hicks, such as toxic waste on the
floor of Portland?s harbor, radioactive materials
in the Columbia River that could be stirred up
with the dredging operation and the turbidity
caused by blasting and dredging.
Carl Erickson, hydraulic engineer for the Corps,
said it had
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
After winning House committee approval, supporters
of a resolution that would put Congress on record
against breaching four lower Snake River dams were
not in a rush to elevate the issue to the full
House. The non-binding sense-of-Congress
resolution passed the Resources Committee by voice
vote on July 21.
But the author, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said
more work needs to be done before a House vote
could be sought. A leading co-sponsor, Rep. Greg
Walden, R-Ore., signaled he felt ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council has promised
to try bridge a communication gap that many direct
program project sponsors believe exists between
themselves and a panel that reviews their
During the recently completed review, scientists
scanned the 400 project proposals with a "finer
level of detail" than in past years, Fish and
Wildlife program director Bob Lohn told the
Council July 21. That scrutiny produced a
complicated set of dilemmas for policy makers ...
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68 percent of the projects. Another 19 percent
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
received a "delay funding" recommendation from
ISRP and a "fund" or Tier 1 recommendation from
CBFWA. The delay funding label means the project
is missing information and could be funded if the
information is provided.
But the ISRP did recommend 37 projects for funding
that CBFWA put in its Tier 2 (fund if money
available) or Tier 3 (no funding).
The scientific panel also gave "do not fund"
recommendations for 51 projects with Tier 1 (36)
or Tier 2 recommendations from CBFWA. ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council last week
offered encouragement and advice to federal
agencies who are working to relocate Caspian terns
that have been making young Columbia Basin salmon
the staple of their diets.
"The Council strongly supports elimination of tern
nesting habitat on Rice Island, and dispersion of
the colony to other sites in 2000," according to a
letter sent to the National Marine Fisheries
Service, the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Columbia Basin Forum effort to "reach common
understanding" on fish and wildlife recovery last
week culminated in a broad goal statement that
attempts to address the concerns of everyone
sitting around the table.
Now, say Forum committee participants, comes the
hard part -- establishing standards or benchmarks
that measure whether regional strategies being
developed can achieve that goal. Those strategies
range from dam breaching to a variety of other
hydrosystem, habitat, ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The House Resources Committee next week is
expected to approve a revised bill creating a new
federal funding program to help Northwest
irrigation districts install fish screens to
reduce salmon losses..
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the measure's author,
and Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., chairman of the
Water and Power Subcommittee, have agreed to
expand the program to California and to shift its
administration to the Department of Interior from
the Army Corps of Engineers, as ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Four new members of the Idaho Fish and Game
Commission attended their first Commission meeting
July 21 in Boise. Gov. Dirk Kempthorne announced
the appointment of the new members July 16.
The four commission posts became available when
terms of commissioners from the Clearwater,
Southwest and Southeast regions expired June 30.
In addition, the commissioner representing the
Upper Snake Region resigned in March.
Kempthorne made his selections after an interview
process that was ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The scorecards of state and tribal System
Configuration Team members could decide the fate
of a Lower Granite surface bypass program that has
used $20 million in research dollars over the past
two years.
Surface bypass and collection tests began at the
Snake River's Lower Granite Dam in 1996 to
determine if the technology can improve fish
guidance away from turbines to other passage
routes -- the dam's juvenile bypass system,
transport barges or the spillway.
The prototype now in ...
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Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, corporate communications and
relicensing specialist for Chelan County PUD:
While author Michael O'Bryant captured the overall
sense of the issues in the federal relicensing
application for the Lake Chelan Hydroelectric
Project in Chelan County, Wash., a few
clarifications are in order from his piece in the
Bulletin on July 16.
He referred to "remnants" of sockeye and chinook
salmon being landlocked in the lake. There is no
evidence that sockeye or chinook existed naturally
in ...
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220 licenses up for renewal between 2000-2010
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
represent two-thirds of all non-federal
hydroelectric power.
There is only one penstock carrying water to the
Lake Chelan Hydro Project powerhouse.
And while kayaking is not ordinarily done in the
Chelan River Gorge, kayaking is certainly a part
of the local recreation scene around Chelan
Michelle Smith of the PUD relicensing team
indicated that an aesthetics study was under way
to determine the visual impacts of the lake at
various water levels. She never said the beauty ...
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