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Latest CBB News > Archives > Aug 7, 1998
Aug 7, 1998

1. PRELIMINARY PATH RESULTS FAVOR DRAWDOWN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Scientists charged with evaluating alternatives for Snake River salmon
recovery released this week revised results showing better survival of
spring/summer chinook from "natural river" or drawdown conditions
than from transportation around the dams in barges.

These results are still preliminary, said David Marmorek, the technical
facilitator of the working group of scientists called PATH (Plan for Analyzing
and Testing Hypotheses). "Further changes are likely," ...
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2. FRAMEWORK MEETINGS CREATE MANAGEMENT QUESTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Despite an ongoing debate about management structure, the Northwest
Power Planning Council went ahead Wednesday with its plan to pursue funding
to develop a comprehensive framework it hopes will guide Columbia Basin
fish and wildlife recovery efforts.

The letter signed by Chairman John N. Etchart asks that the Bonneville
Power Administration allocate $894,500 from the fiscal year 1998 direct
Fish and Wildlife Program budget for phase 1 of the project. Initial costs
would include the ...
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3. FEDS SAY HARVESTABLE RUNS FOR TRIBES THE GOAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The federal government's goal for Columbia Basin salmon recovery is
not just meeting the mandate of the Endangered Species Act, but also ensuring
salmonid populations reach a level of sustainable harvest for Indian tribes,
says Terry Garcia, the Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at
the Department of Commerce.

In addition, tribal fishing rights will receive "priority"
over other river interests, Garcia said in a July 21 letter to Ted Strong,
executive director ...
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4. RIVER USERS, FEDS SPLIT ON SMITH PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
PENDLETON, OR-At a Senate subcommittee field hearing Tuesday, river
users and agricultural interests endorsed Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon
Smith's legislation mandating that an industry-oriented advisory group
be included in the Three Sovereigns pact or any other "memorandum
of agreement" regarding management of the Columbia/Snake River Basin.

But representatives of federal agencies, tribes, the state of Oregon
and the sportfishing industry expressed skepticism that ...
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5. UMATILLA TRIBES SEEK CHANGES AT MCNARY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Army Corps of Engineers fish transportation operations at McNary Dam
will continue as originally scheduled despite tribal demands that spill
be incorporated to move subyearling chinook downstream.

Rising water temperatures and their potential effect on fish mortality
produced the concerns. The issue erupted following a sharp rise in fish
mortality in McNary's transportation collection system during the period
from July 10-12 when 34,905 juvenile fish died at the ...
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6. THREE SOVEREIGNS PREPARE MOA, BUDGET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Three Sovereigns Process took a step toward reality Thursday when
an "interim" committee met, selected a chairman, discussed budget
alternatives and set a date for launching its ratification process.

The first task of the interim committee-composed of four state, four
federal and four tribal representatives -- is a final, fine-tuning of the
document that will guide its actions. That "Memorandum of Agreement
for Three Sovereigns' Governance of the Columbia River ...
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7. MCGINTY, GORTON ISSUE BATTLING OP-EDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In an opinion piece published last week in The Seattle Times, the Clinton
Administration's top environment official sharply criticized legislative
language crafted by Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton that would
limit the ability of federal agencies to modify the Columbia/Snake River
hydropower system without congressional authorization.

And this week, Gorton fired back with op-ed of this own, saying "no
one can tell whoppers like the Clinton Administration." Gorton, ...
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8. KEMPTHORNE PUSHES FUNDING FOR NEW TURBINES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Senate's proposed Water Resources Development Act includes an amendment
by Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, R-Idaho, that would authorize continued funding
for the development, installation and testing of "fish-friendly turbines"
at the Columbia/Snake River dams.

Kempthorne's amendment also authorizes funding for a "gene bank"
for threatened and endangered fish and directs the federal government to
reduce bird predation on salmon and steelhead smolts in the lower ...
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9. SMITH DEFENDS CORPS FISH BUDGET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With the Senate's 1999 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill
heading to conference committee with the House, Senator Gordon Smith, R-Oregon,
is urging his colleagues "retain the Senate-passed funding level for
the Army Corps of Engineers fish and wildlife mitigation measures on the
Columbia River."

But Smith says he would support expanded scientific review fish mitigation
projects.

The Senate bill calls for $95 million in 1999 for the Corps' Columbia
River Fish
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10. NMFS LISTS OREGON COHO AS THREATENED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Monday (Aug. 3) listed the Oregon
coastal coho as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act
in order to comply with a federal ruling in June.

U.S. Magistrate Janice Stewart ruled the ESA does not allow NMFS to
consider future, voluntary actions under the state's recovery plan as a
basis for rejecting a listing. Both NMFS and the state of Oregon have appealed
the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stewart had ...
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11. COUNCIL, FISH MANAGERS GRAPPLE WITH PROJECT FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
PENDLETON-An overburdened budget and differences of opinion between
fish managers and scientific reviewers were among the topics of discussion
Wednesday as the Northwest Power Planning Council Fish and Wildlife Committee
worked toward fiscal year 1999 project funding recommendations.

Project selection issues will be discussed in three more venues this
month as the Council prepares to make mid-September recommendations for
the $127 million direct Fish and Wildlife Program. The next is at
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12. BPA's JOHANSEN TO ADDRESS POWER COUNCIL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
PORTLAND-Newly appointed Bonneville Power Administration Administrator
Judi Johansen is scheduled to address the Northwest Power Planning Council
during its Wednesday meeting at the Council offices.

Johansen's remarks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. She took over
leadership of BPA earlier this summer.

The Council will also continue its self-examination during its Tuesday-Wednesday
session. A panel discussion on the staff-produced "Role of the Northwest
Power Planning ...
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