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Latest CBB News > Archives > Aug 14, 1998
Aug 14, 1998

1. TRIBES AGREE TO REDUCE STEELHEAD HARVEST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service and Columbia River tribes with
treaty fishing rights have reached a tentative, one-year agreement that
will reduce the "incidental take" of wild Snake River steelhead
during the tribes' fall fishery above Bonneville Dam.

Fisheries managers for Oregon, Washington and Idaho describe the interim
tribal harvest rate as a "significant reduction."

"We still have concerns, but we are moving in the right ...
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2. FRAMEWORK EFFORT GETS $894,000 FOR FIRST PHASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Development of a "framework" that could lead to a regional,
multi-species fish and wildlife recovery plan was given a boost Thursday
when the Bonneville Power Administration agreed to provide $894,000 for
the project's first phase.

"Most of the issues we were concerned with were taken care of"
and discussions are continuing on other unresolved issue, Bob Lohn, BPA's
manager, fish and wildlife, said. "It made the most sense to move
forward with the ...
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3. ISAB: STOP STRANDING HANFORD REACH FRY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
To reduce juvenile salmon mortality from stranding-or power peaking-the
Bonneville Power Administration and mid-Columbia Public Utility Districts
should maintain stable flows out of Priest Rapids Dam during the period
when Hanford Reach fall chinook emerge as fry, says the Independent Scientific
Advisory Board in an August 3 report.

But BPA officials say many questions need to be addressed before they
would agree to a flow regime that could cost ratepayers and PUDs millions
of ...
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4. NEW BPA ADMINISTRATOR WANTS UNIFIED RECOVERY PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
For fish and wildlife recovery to succeed, the region needs to "bring
together in one place the accountability" for mitigation programs,
says Judi Johansen, the new administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration.


Not coincidentally, the power marketing agency also funds a huge percentage
those recovery efforts.

Johansen made her remarks Wednesday to the Northwest Power Planning
Council, which makes the final recommendations annually on how $127 million
in BPA funds
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5. BODI GOES TO BONNEVILLE ON SEPT. 1
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
On Sept. 1, Lorraine Bodi, a well-known Northwest environmentalist,
will become a senior executive for the Bonneville Power Administration,
advising the administrator on fish and wildlife issues.

"I will work for a greater resolution of the fish issues as we
head into 1999," said Bodi, co-director of the Northwest office of
American Rivers.

"My goal is to create a fish plan that is credible and affordable
for BPA," she said. "The plan must have regional ...
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6. IDAHO STUDY SAYS FLOW AUG DOESN'T WORK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Taking water away from farmers does little to improve the fortunes of
migrating Snake and Columbia River juvenile salmon.

That's the message Karl Dreher, director of Idaho's Department of Water
Resources, carried to the Northwest Power Planning Council.

Dreher on Wednesday provided a summation of his department's report,
"Competing for the Mighty Columbia River-Past, Present and Future:
The Role of Interstate Allocation. A View on Idaho's Experience with ...
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7. SAVEN CALLS FOR MORE AGGRESSIVE POWER COUNCIL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A trio of panelists offered differing views Wednesday on how the Northwest
Power Planning Council should respond to regional fish and wildlife and
energy issues.

Ralph Cavanagh of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Jamie Pinkham
of the Nez Perce Tribe and John Saven of the Northwest Irrigation Utilities
were invited to comment on the discussion paper, "The Role of the
Northwest Power Planning Council." Specifically, the three expressed
their opinions on how the ...
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8. HOUSE MEMBERS STUMP FOR CORPS' FISH BUDGET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Twelve Northwest members of the House of Representatives are asking
their congressional colleagues to reconsider a proposal to eliminate funding
for the Army Corps of Engineers' Columbia River Juvenile Fish Mitigation
Program.

A July 29 letter crafted by Rep. Bob Smith, R-Oregon, proposes new report
language that would accompany the Corps' budget. The House enters into
a conference committee with the Senate next month.

"The Conference Committee shares the House of ...
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9. NEZ PERCE GET NOD FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Nez Perce "conservation" law enforcement efforts could get
up to $57,000 this late summer and fall if other agencies agree to a Northwest
Power Planning Council recommendation allowing the use of funds originally
allocated for fish and wildlife programs.

Si Whitman, the Nez Perce Tribes director of fish and wildlife, approached
the Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee with the proposal Tuesday, saying
the money was needed to meet payroll demands through the end of the ...
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10. FUTURE FISH COSTS WILL BE 'RANGE OF UNCERTAINTY'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration is prepared to offer a range of
potential Fish and Wildlife Program costs, instead of a specific number,
when it presents its rate case for the period 2002 to 2006.

BPA has been assembling what its describes as planning assumptions-estimated
costs that drive its rate requirements-in preparation for a mid-September
presentation to the Administration, according to Bob Lohn, BPA manager's
for fish and wildlife.

The unsettled direction of the region's
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11. BONNEVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Dams in Washington and Idaho and a wind-power project in Wyoming have
been selected as the first "environmentally preferred" resources
for the new and novel Bonneville Environmental Foundation, according to
organizers.

The foundation was formed this summer as a collaboration between the
Bonneville Power Administration, the Renewable Northwest Project, the Natural
Resources Defense Council and the Northwest Energy Coalition. The independent,
non-profit charitable ...
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12. PROCESS BEGINS FOR SELECTING NEW ISAB MEMBERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A request for nominations is expected to be sent out this week with
the goal of filling four anticipated vacancies on the 11-member Independent
Scientific Advisory Board.

The final choices, this time around, could well be made with the direct
tribal involvement, according to Peter Paquet, the Northwest Power Planning
Council's manager for wildlife and resident fish. He and Chip McConnaha,
the Council's manager for program analysis and evaluation, updated the
Council Tuesday on ...
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13. BULL TROUT RECOVERY MAY START IN GLACIER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
It's been just a blink in history and a short swim in time for non-native
fish to overwhelm native cutthroat and bull trout throughout the Flathead
River system.

That includes Glacier National Park's most prominent lake, Lake McDonald,
which may be the best place to begin a bull trout recovery effort, said
Wade Fredenberg, a federal fisheries biologist who will be heavily involved
with bull trout recovery in western Montana.

Fredenberg says a serious effort to rid Lake McDonald ...
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14. USFWS MULLS BULL TROUT RECOVERY FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Financing a bull trout recovery effort on Glacier's Lake McDonald may
be tricky, but U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Wade Fredenberg
says there are many potential funding avenues, including the Bonneville
Power Administration.

Fredenberg believes that Lake McDonald is the place to start a recovery
effort in western Montana, since Glacier National Park and his agency have
like-minded mandates to restore native fisheries.

Ridding the lake of invasive lake trout, the bull ...
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15. CORPS TRANSPORTING FROM MCNARY DAILY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers is now transporting fish daily from McNary
Dam, rather than every other day.

The change comes partly in response to concerns that warm water temperatures
were contributing to an increase in mortality of fish in McNary's forebay
and the collection/holding facilities. "We'd rather err on the side
of doing what we can to address the mortality issue," said Doug Arndt
of the Corps.

Previously, fish were transported every other day, which required ...
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16. KREIDLER LEAVES POWER COUNCIL POST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Mike Kreidler, a Washington member of the Northwest Power Planning Council
since January 1995, began his new job this month as the regional director
for Region 10 of the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services.

Kreidler, a former state legislator and congressman, has been replaced
by Larry Cassidy of Vancouver, who attended his first Council meeting as
a voting member this week.

In looking back on his nearly three years as a Council member, Kreidler
counts as a major ...
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