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Latest CBB News > Archives > Aug 20, 1999
Aug 20, 1999

1. CORPS RECOMMENDS COLUMBIA CHANNEL DEEPENING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week recommended deepening 105
miles of the Columbia River channel to accommodate the needs of commercial
shipping, but to defer deepening ten miles of the lower Willamette River
channel until toxins are removed.
The Corps is recommending deepening the channel between Portland and
Astoria from its 40-foot depth to a depth of 43 feet to accommodate larger,
deep-draft ships.
The Corps on Aug. 17 released its draft Integrated Feasibility Report
for ...
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2. TRIBAL, COMMERCIAL SALMON SEASONS SET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Compact Tuesday approved a non-Indian 2S salmon
fishery that spans a 10-hour period from 8 p.m. Aug. 23 until 6 a.m. Aug.
24 as well as two tribal fishing periods.
The Compact left open the possibility that the 2S fishery could be reopened
Aug. 25 if the catch during the initial 10-hour period fell short of the
proposal's harvest target. The 2S fishery is below Bonneville Dam from
Beacon Rock to Light 50.
Dennis Austin of the Washington Department of Fish and ...
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3. IDAHO BROODSTOCK PROGRAM YIELDS RETURNS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Since 1991, only 17 sockeye salmon had made the trip home from the Pacific
Ocean to spawn near the headwaters of the Salmon River in Idaho's Stanley
Basin.
That two-a-year average could swell this year with two fish already
completing their journey. They now await their spawning fate at central
Idaho's Sawtooth Hatchery. At least 21 others are still trying to negotiate
the final 430-mile leg of their migration.
The two sockeye that returned to the Sawtooth Hatchery weir over the
past ...
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4. COUNCIL PROCEEDS WITH NEW PROJECT PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council Aug. 11 gave its staff the OK to
proceed with a plan that attempts to sort out disagreements between fish
and wildlife managers and a scientific panel on fiscal year 2000 funding
priorities for Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife restoration projects.
The outline presented at the Council's meeting in Helena, Mont., would
also potentially serve as a transition to a new process for deciding how
and where fish and wildlife program funds are ...
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5. NWPPC PONDERS PROJECT PROCEDURAL SHIFT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A proposal to reconstruct the Northwest Power Planning Council's direct
fish and wildlife program project selection process with independent scientists
in the lead has resource managers nervous about their potential roles.
Council staff on Aug. 10-11 presented for discussion of a vision of
"where the Council's fish and wildlife program may be within the next two
years."
The "Desired End State" paper would line up the process with Independent
Scientific Review Panel desires --project ...
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6. BPA LAUNCHES RATE PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Aug. 13 publication of the Bonneville Power Administration's 2002-2006
rate proposal intensifies the debate over what the federal agency can do
for its power customers, and what it can do to fuel Columbia River Basin
fish and wildlife recovery.
Average rates would remain at the current level under the proposal,
according a BPA press release.
"By reducing the costs and by avoiding large purchases of new power
supplies, BPA plans to hold the line on wholesale power rates," said ...
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7. TMT: DWORSHAK, MCNARY, FALL FLOWS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Technical Management Team this week decided to delay a test at McNary
Dam that, if it works, could offer insight into achieving cooler water
temperatures.
The TMT also decided to begin ramping down outflows at Dworshak Dam.
In the process, TMT members acknowledged that river operations decisions
after Aug. 31 will have less to do with endangered species survival and
more to do with other uses, such as power generation, as the National Marine
Fisheries Service biological opinion season
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8. EPA SUED OVER POTLATCH WATER DISCHARGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Three conservation groups that say warm water discharges from a Potlatch
Corp. pulp and paper mill near Lewiston, Idaho, harm fish and are unlawful
are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force changes in
Potlatchs Clean Water Act permit.
The lawsuit brought against the EPA on Aug. 9 seeks to force the agency
to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife about the effects of Potlatchs warm water discharges on endangered
salmon, ...
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9. EPA REJECTS TEMP LIMIT FOR WILLAMETTE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A 68-degree temperature limit proposed for the lower Willamette River
by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was deemed too warm for
endangered salmon and steelhead by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
DEQ, which proposed the limit in a package of water quality standards
to the EPA, is required by the federal Clean Water Act to file the standards
with EPA to ensure state standards will meet federal law and will adequately
protect water bodies in the state for fish, ...
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10. LYNX LISTING COMMENT PERIOD REOPENED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A hoped-for report on the status of Canada lynx, and the threats to
their survival, is yet to arrive in toto, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service has decided to forge ahead with its process for proposing the shy
animal for listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
The USFWS announced July 8 that that it would delay for six months its
decision on whether to list the forest-dwelling cat. The federal ESA allows
a delay in making listing determinations when there is ...
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100 N. Park Ave., Suite 320
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Helena, Mont. 59601
Phone: 406-449-5225
e-mail: lynx@fws.gov
"We have a big deadline under the Endangered Species Act" to make a
listing decision by Jan. 8, Nordstrom. The agency would have like to await
completion of the report before opening the 30-day public comment period
but must get on with its work.
"They won't give us a deadline as to when they will have it done," Nordstrom.
She said she needs to prepare a draft proposal by mid-October. It will
then go through an agency ...
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11. LEADERS CALL FOR UNIFIED FISH PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two high-profile regional leaders, one elected and the other appointed,
took the podium Aug. 11 in Helena, Mont., to urge the Northwest Power Planning
Council to take a leadership role to ensure that region retains the benefits
it now derives from the Columbia River.
Montana Gov. Marc Racicot said the four Northwest governors whose representatives
sit on the NWPPC want to "ensure the equitable distribution of the Basin's
benefits" and a "fair and balanced sharing of the burden" of fish and
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12. PEREGRINES DROP FROM ESA LIST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The world's fastest bird soared off of the Endangered Species list today
(Aug. 20) with the announcement of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
delisting decision.
"It's a spectacular summer for America's great birds, the bald eagle,
the Aleutian Canada goose and today the peregrine falcon," said the Secretary
of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt.
The peregrine falcon also joins the southeastern population of the brown
pelican, the American alligator, the Rydberg milk-vetch, and the gray ...
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13. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, attorney:
Your article "NMFS' MATRIX NEW ANALYTICAL TOOL" (Aug. 6) contains at
least two misleading statements. Mr. Paulsen says: "A lot of this is mandated
by legislation and court orders." I would challenge anyone to identify
any such legislation or court orders. The only court order I know of, which
is referred to by Mr. Weber, entered by Judge Marsh in 1994, was vacated
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. No statute
or court order drives any of the "1999 ...
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