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Latest CBB News > Archives > Aug 28, 1998
Aug 28, 1998

1. STEELHEAD AGREEMENT REACHED, TRIBES OPEN FISHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Tribal fishers wetted their nets Tuesday in their annual pursuit of
what has become the last viable commercial Indian fishery on the Columbia
River.

The Columbia River Compact on Friday (Aug. 21) endorsed a tribal plan
that opens Region 6 (between Bonneville and McNary dams) from 6 a.m. to
6 p.m. Aug. 25-29 and Sept. 1-5. Primary targets will be upriver brights
or fall chinook headed for the Hanford Reach.

The Compact decision came three days later than expected because ...
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2. KITZHABER, LOCKE URGE VETO OF CURRENT INTERIOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A fear of "significant and far reaching impacts on the environment
and economy of the Pacific Northwest" has prompted the governors of
Oregon and Washington to urge a presidential veto of the 1999 Interior
Appropriations Bill as now written.

Gov. Gary Locke of Washington and Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon expressed
their concern in an Aug. 19 letter to President Bill Clinton. They referred
to House and Senate riders that would "alter the way the Interior
Columbia Basin ...
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3. CORPS SAYS WATER TEMP STORIES INACCURATE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Fish mortality at McNary Dam this summer could not have been reduced
by switching from barging to spill during periods of high water temperatures,
says an "information alert" distributed to the media last week
by the Army Corps of Engineers' Portland office.

"The water temperature issue has not been portrayed accurately,"
said the two-page report titled "The Untold Story Behind the Headlines."

The Corps said it was responding to inaccurate newspaper ...
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4. FULL TRANSPORT IN SUMMER OK WITH ISAB
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Transporting by barge and truck as many summer salmon migrants as possible
is consistent with the Independent Scientific Advisory Board's recommendations
on transportation issued earlier this year, the National Marine Fisheries
Service said last week in letter to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish
Commission.

In March, the ISAB, which advises NMFS and the Northwest Power Planning
Council, recommended a "1998 management approach that divides juvenile
emigrants throughout the ...
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5. JOHN DAY SCREEN PROJECT STILL ALIVE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A mechanical smolt bypass project written off by an independent scientific
panel still has the strong backing of major players in Columbia River salmon
restoration efforts.

Earlier this summer, a proposal to install extended length bar screens
at John Day Dam seemed doomed. However, an Army of Corps of Engineers proposal
for continued testing of new designs is being considered by a state-federal
technical panel which ranks projects for funding.

In a June report, the Independent ...
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6. PROCEDURES DEVELOPED FOR MULTI-SPECIES PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A policy alternatives work group brainstormed on procedural issues while
staff continued shaping a scientific work plan this past week in coordinated
efforts to develop a multi-species framework to guide Columbia Basin fish
and wildlife management.

"Things are really starting to roll," according to Peter Paquet,
a Northwest Power Planning Council staff scientist and member of a science
steering group that has helped create the groundwork for the project.

Funding for the ...
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7. REGIONAL HEARINGS SLATED ON SALMON MANAGEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Congressional hearings next week in Eastern Washington and Idaho will
discuss legislation to transfer management of endangered salmon and steelhead
from the National Marine Fisheries Service to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service.

The Endangered Species Consolidation Act (H.R. 4335) is co-authored
by Rep. Helen Chenoweth, R-Idaho, and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, chairman
of the House Resources Committee.

The Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction
over ...
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8. COUNTIES DISCUSS DAM BREACHING WITH LOCKE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
County commissioners representing 13 Eastern Washington counties visited
Washington Gov. Gary Locke on Aug. 21 to ask him to publicly oppose dam
breaching and drawdown.

"We are asking you to declare unequivocally to the Clinton Administration
that dam removal and deep-river draw downs are unacceptable options for
addressing declining salmon runs," Benton County Commissioner Max
Benitz, Jr. told the governor.

"Modifications to the dams can be made to improve fish ...
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9. THREE SOVEREIGNS GETS NEW NAME, REVISED MOA
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Staff for the Three Sovereigns process last week finally sent to governors,
tribal leaders and the Clinton Administration a Memorandum of Agreement
intended to better focus Columbia River governance.

The Three Sovereigns process was launched a little more than a year
ago with the goal of improving fish and wildlife management in the basin.
Attempts to gain consensus on a memorandum of agreement to direct state,
federal and tribal energies have languished in the draft stage.

The latest
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10. TULE TRAPPING TO PROTECT TRIBAL FISHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal and state salmon managers have requested special operations
at Bonneville Dam starting Sept. 1 to facilitate collection of "tule"
fall chinook spawners for the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery. Bonneville
Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have agreed to
cooperate.

The tule fall chinook trapping program would "help achieve several
conflicting management objectives," according to a System Operational
Request (SOR) submitted to the ...
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11. BUREAU MULLS MILLION ACRE FEET FLOW AUGMENTATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A decision to funnel an additional 1 million acre feet of water out
of the Snake River Basin would, if that scenario ever came to pass, have
to be accompanied by decisions about who exactly would feel the most pain.

"It became obvious very early. There isn't a pain-free course,"
said Rich Rigby, activity manager for the Bureau of Reclamation's "1
Million Acre Feet" study. He was asked to give an update on the study,
now in midstream, to the Northwest Power ...
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12. TROUT UNLIMITED ENDORSES DAM BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Trout Unlimited, the world's largest trout and salmon conservation group,
has endorsed breaching of the four dams on the lower Snake River as the
best way to recover endangered Snake River wild salmon and steelhead.

"The earthen portion of the four lower Snake River dams must be
removed and natural river channel restored, and appropriate mitigation
be implemented to minimize the effects to the region" says the resolution
adopted by Trout Unlimited's National Resource Board ...
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13. PEREGRINE FALCON TO BE REMOVED FROM ESA LIST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announced this week that the peregrine
falcon is expected to be removed from the endangered species list.

"Every American should be proud," Babbitt said. "In 25
years, the people of the United States have rescued this awesome raptor
from the brink of extinction. We have proved that a strong Endangered Species
Act can make a difference. We don't have to stand idly by and watch our
wildlife go extinct. We can bring species back. We have ...
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14. JUVENILE WILD FALL CHINOOK SHOW INCREASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
This year's run of juvenile Snake River fall chinook looks good, according
to National Marine Fisheries Service fisheries biologist Paul Wagner.

"Assuming the ocean is friendly, things could go well," Wagner
said.

The fish passage index for wild fall chinook subyearlings at Lower Granite
Dam was five times as high as expected, according to cumulative data from
the Columbia River Fish Passage Center.

The fish passage index, however, is not a measurement of actual ...
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15. USFWS TAKES COMMENT ON LYNX LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold four public hearings in
the Columbia Basin next month to receive public comments on its proposal
to list the Canada lynx as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The proposal to list the lynx is part of a legal settlement between
USFWS and 15 non-governmental organizations.

USFWS says the reasons for the lynx's decline include loss of habitat,
over-trapping, increased human access to suitable habitat and human-induced
changes in ...
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16. LOWER GRANITE SUMMER FLOW TARGETS MET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers said this week that it will meet "the
region's summer flow objective for aiding juvenile fish migration in the
lower Snake River."

River operators, however, were unable to achieve flow targets at McNary
Dam set by the National Marine Fisheries Service 1995 Biological Opinion
for wild Snake River salmon.

Flows in the Columbia and Snake Rivers are augmented with additional
releases of stored water from upstream dams during the spring and ...
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17. QUESTIONS REMAIN ON FISH PROJECT FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A number of questions still loom with less a month to go before final
funding recommendations are due from the Northwest Power Planning Council
for proposed 1999 Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife projects.

The Council's Fish and Wildlife Committee and staff have spent much
of the summer discussing "issues" related to the fiscal 1999
Draft Annual Implementation Work Plan and the Independent Scientific Review
Panel's critique of that work plan.

Most recently the Council's
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