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Latest CBB News > Archives > Aug 6, 1999
Aug 6, 1999

1. CORPS DETAILS BREACHING PROCEDURES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
?Bryant
It will take nine years and $1 billion to breach four lower Snake River
dams if Congress decides that?s the best way to recover wild salmon
and
steelhead stocks in the Snake River basin.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an engineering fact sheet
this
week that describes the steps and costs of breaching Lower Granite,
Little Goose, Ice Harbor and Lower Monumental dams on the Snake River
in
Washington. The Corps said the time frame for breaching the dams ...
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2. 107 HOUSE MEMBERS SIGN SALMON LETTER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Endangered Snake River salmon are a national responsibility as well
as a
regional one, and all scientifically credible recovery plans, including
dam breaching, should be evaluated equally, 107 members of the U.S.
House of Representatives said this week in a letter to President
Clinton.
The letter dated Tuesday, Aug. 4, was signed by 12 Republicans and 95
Democrats, including six of the nine Northwest Democratic House members.
Reps. Thomas Petri, R-Wis., and George Miller, D-Calif., ...
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3. NMFS? MATRIX NEW ANALYTICAL TOOL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to take matters into
its own hands with a modeling effort aimed at identifying the extinction
risks faced by salmon populations and evaluating which actions have
the
most potential to ward off extinction in the short term, and promote
full recovery for the long term.
NMFS has launched the in-house effort with the goal of providing salmon
recovery planners with an analytical tool to examine the threats to
salmon, including harvest, ...
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4. IT PUSHES FOR FY2000 PATH FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
?Bryant
The multi-agency Implementation Team (IT) supported a National Marine
Fisheries Service proposal to continue funding of PATH (Plan for
Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses) in fiscal year 2000 and to complete
a
review of PATH for FY2001 funding.
The proposal, which will be delivered to the Columbia River Fish and
Wildlife Authority next week, came in response to an Independent
Scientific Review Panel recommendation to not fund PATH for FY2000.
The
ISRP concluded that PATH should be
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5. RIVER OPERATORS REACH DWORSHAK COMPROMISE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Parties in a tug of war over Dworshak Reservoir's cool waters landed
squarely in the middle Wednesday with a decision to maintain strong
outflows temporarily -- at lower levels than desired by some -- to
push
young salmon migrants downstream.
But those outflows will be at higher levels than requested by those
hoping to preserve water to buoy September spawners.
At least through the week ending Aug. 15, the Technical Management Team
(TMT) agreed to follow a compromise approach to ...
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6. CONGRESS TO NEGOTIATE SALMON FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
House and Senate appropriators are expected to start negotiations next
month over how much money to put in a new Pacific Coast salmon fund
for
states, tribes and the U.S. Canada fishing treaty.
The House on Thursday passed a FY2000 spending bill that contains no
money for President Clinton's proposed Pacific Salmon Fund. The Senate
approved $100 million in its bill, which passed on July 22.
In other action this week, Congress gave final approval to a water
resources development bill that
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7. WATER TEMPS PLAGUE DWORSHAK HATCHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The pursuit of $1.4 million in funds to repair Dworshak National Fish
Hatchery's water intake system was redirected Thursday by NMFS?
multi-agency Implementation Team (IT), whose members decided the IT
has
no established process for settling the issue.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates the hatchery, has
for
the past four years been trying to drum up funding to fix water
temperature control problems that impact one-third of the facility's
steelhead production capability.
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8. WASHINGTON COMMITS SALMON RECOVERY MONEY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington will spend $6.7 million and gain another $4.4 million in
matching funds to improve stream conditions across the state for wild
salmon. Nearly one-third of the state money and one-quarter of the
matching money will be used to repair habitat and provide fish passage
in the Columbia River and Snake River basins.
A state-appointed Interagency Review Team awarded the funding to over
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100 projects last week. The salmon recovery funding package, which
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
was
appropriated by the Washington Legislature during its 1999 session,
includes $4.1 million to restore stream habitat and $2.6 million for
fish passage improvements. Project sponsors ponied-up the additional
matching money for a total effort of $11.l million.
Sponsors included irrigation districts, cities, counties, tribes, the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, advocate groups like
Washington Trout, South Puget Sound Salmon, Skagit and Nooksack fish
enhancement groups, ...
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9. BAUCUS PUSHES SPECIES CONSERVATION INCENTIVES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has introduced legislation to create several
tax incentives for private landowners to conserve endangered species
habitat.
"The more we can use tax incentives to encourage the conservation of
threatened and endangered species, the more likely we are to reduce
the
regulatory burdens associated with those species," Baucus said July
19
on the Senate floor.
The proposed Species Conservation Tax Act, S. 1392, would: -- exclude
cost-share payments under the Partners
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10. WATER MONITORING STRATEGY CRITIQUED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A anticipated first step toward the development of a Lower Snake River
water temperature monitoring program became a half-step backward
Thursday when Implementation Team (IT) discussions pointed out the
need
to assess available information before plunging ahead.
The water quality team (WQT) presented a briefing paper Thursday
outlining a framework or strategy for development and implementation
of
a water temperature monitoring program. The WQT is a multi-agency group
produced from ...
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