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Latest CBB News > Archives > Sep 18, 1998
Sep 18, 1998

1. BONNEVILLE RELEASES FISH FUNDING PROPOSAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration this morning (Sept. 18) released
a set of principles for future funding of fish and wildlife mitigation,
including the recovery of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead listed under
the Endangered Species Act.

In setting fish and wildlife costs for the 2002-2006 rate period, Bonneville
will use a "planning range" of $438 million to $721 million a
year.

The range is intended to "keep the options open" for the most
expensive ...
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2. COMMENTS REVEAL SCHISM OVER FISH FUNDING PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Recent comments from regional interests reflect substantial differences
of opinion over how the Bonneville Power Administration should proceed
with its proposal to finance the future costs of salmon recovery.

Tribes, environmentalists, and the Environmental Protection Agency say
Bonneville's approach may not adequately finance the only recovery alternatives
that will meet the mandates of the Endangered Species Act and the Clean
Water Act.

But utilities and industrial customers ...
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3. TRANSITION BOARD EXPLORES STRANDED COST RECOVERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A final shaping of Transition Board recommendations on "stranded
cost" recovery mechanisms for the Bonneville Power Administration
will await specifics from the power agency's own proposal for covering
its costs during the 2002-2006 rate period.

"We're just going to sit tight," said Dick Watson, director
of the Northwest Power Planning Council's power planning division. Watson
and other staff members presented a revised version of a "contingent
cost recovery ...
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4. 1999 MAINSTEM PROJECTS AWAIT FUNDING, RANKING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
One certainty faces those setting the agenda for the 1999 Columbia River
mainstem capital construction program aimed at salmon recovery -- some
of the desired projects will go unfunded.

The multi-agency System Configuration Team is charged with ranking those
projects, with the highest ranking going to those considered most critical
to restoring Basin salmon and steelhead species.

But members of a House-Senate conference committee this month are wrangling
over the amount that will ...
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5. DREW GAUGES DRAWDOWN IMPACT ON IRRIGATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Preliminary numbers finding their way out of the Drawdown Regional Economic
Workgroup indicate that breaching Lower Snake dams could result in $158
million in direct costs to irrigators.

DREW has come up with estimated costs of various activities that would
be needed to implement drawdown or breaching of the four dams. Among those
activities are the costs to modify groundwater wells and pumping systems,
purchasing irrigated land, and establishing cattle watering corridors.
Other ...
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6. JUDGE TO RULE ON MONTANA RESERVOIR OPERATIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A federal judge plans to issue a summary judgment on Montana's lawsuit
over dam operations after hearing opening arguments this week.

Both sides in the case had requested a summary ruling from Magistrate
Leif Erickson.

"The judge says he has everything he needs before him to rule,"
said Tim Hall, an attorney for the Montana Department of Natural Resources
and Conservation. "I don't think there will be any sort of trial,
because he has the facts he needs and it ...
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7. TRIBES CONTINUE FISHING FOR CHINOOK ALLOCATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Columbia River fish run totals are being monitored closely as tribal
and sport fishers each try to catch their fair share of salmon and steelhead
while staying within federally-prescribed limits on allowable impacts to
species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Last week the Columbia River Compact endorsed a tribal commercial fishery
from Sept. 15-19 above Bonneville Dam. A six-mile-long sanctuary is in
place on the Washington side of the river to protect spawning ...
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8. NMFS' 1999 DECISION PROCESS GROUP KEPT ALIVE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
It's not often that a committee offers to disband - but the Decision
Process Coordinating Group did, and its offer was rejected.

"Do we still need this group?" asked consultant and coordinating
group facilitator Ed Sheets at the September 10 meeting of the Implementation
Team, a multi-agency policy group set up by the National Marine Fisheries
Service.

"There are lots of reasons to dissolve it - it has accomplished
the tasks it was set. But you also might want to ...
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9. WARM SPRINGS TRIBES DRAFT FISH MANAGEMENT PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are working on a draft Deschutes
River basin fish management plan that it will incorporate into its relicensing
bid for three Deschutes River dams.

The plan encompasses the Deschutes River basin in its entirety, including
80 of the river's main reaches and tributaries, and is much broader than
what is needed for relicensing.

Jack Donaldson, consultant for the Warm Springs tribes, says management
of the river will focus on a scientific ...
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10. COUNCIL POISED TO DECIDE PROJECT FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council will consider last-minute arguments
and staff recommendations next week before making its own recommendations
on 1999 fish and wildlife direct program project funding.

The Council convenes Tuesday and Wednesday in Whitefish, Mont. Chief
among the agenda items will be consideration of a final list of projects
it will request the Bonneville Power Administration to fund.

According to a federal Memorandum of Agreement that runs through 2001,
$127 ...
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11. KITZHABER ISSUES SALMON EXECUTIVE ORDER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Though his attempt to ward off an endangered species listing with preventative
medicine was rebuffed by a federal court, Oregon's governor, Dr. John Kitzhaber,
intends to plunge ahead with the state's own remedies for restoring wild
salmon and trout to sustainable, productive health.

A draft executive order now under review reaffirms the state's intention
to play a leading role in maintaining and restoring Oregon Coast coho and
other salmonids through the implementation of the Oregon ...
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