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Latest CBB News > Archives > Sep 24, 1999
Sep 24, 1999

1. NEGOTIATORS ANNOUNCE CONDIT DAM REMOVAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An agreement announced Wednesday paves the way for the removal Condit
Dam, an 125-foot-tall concrete wall that since 1913 has blocked salmon
and steelhead from spawning in upper reaches and tributaries of Washington's
White Salmon River.
The voluntary agreement was reached after two years of negotiations.
The dam removal is slated to begin in 2006. The negotiations between the
Yakama Nation, PacifiCorp, American Rivers, the state of Washington, the
U.S. Department of Interior, ...
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2. KITZHABER PROPOSES RIVER GOVERNANCE BODY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber last week proposed a Columbia River governance
body that would oversee Northwest fish and wildlife recovery efforts, as
well as the power and transmission functions of the Bonneville Power Administration.
The governance body would replace the Northwest Power Planning Council,
established in 1981 by the Northwest Power Act. Kitzhabers plan calls
for the new body to include the four states, which is the make-up of the
Council now, and to add Northwest tribes ...
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3. POWER COUNCIL SAYS EVICT TERNS NOW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council voted Wednesday to withhold $642,000
in funding for a study on Caspian tern predation until a plan is produced
that considers "all necessary measures to reduce the size of the tern population
in the estuary."
The Council crafted a letter to National Marine Fisheries Service regional
administrator Will Stelle asking for aggressive action.
"Specifically, we urge that the management goal for (fiscal year) 2000
should be to reduce tern predation levels ...
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4. NWPPC GIVES NOD TO $68 MILLION IN PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Most of the tough decisions still remain despite the fact that the Northwest
Power Planning Council on Wednesday allocated more than half of its $127
million direct fish and wildlife budget for fiscal year 2000.
The Council mulls project proposals and recommends which should receive
Bonneville Power Administration hydrosystem mitigation funds. In choosing
projects, the Council considers advice from the public, staff, the Columbia
Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority's fish and wildlife ...
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5. HANFORD REACH STRANDING PLAN CALLED SUCCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
This past spring's attempt to maintain hydroelectric "load following"
capabilities while still keeping emerging Hanford Reach fall chinook fry
afloat has been proclaimed a success by utility and fishery officials.
"It looks like the operations, at least in my opinion, were successful,"
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Paul Wagner told the
Northwest Power Planning Council Tuesday.
The Grant Public Utility's 1999 Hanford Reach Juvenile Fall Chinook
Protection Program was
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6. MAINSTEM FISHERIES NEAR ESA LIMIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The pursuit of fall chinook salmon in the mainstem Columbia River likely
will end soon as harvest totals approach allowed impact levels on the Snake
River populations listed under the Endangered Species Act.
The Oregon and Washington state fishery managers that comprise the Columbia
River Compact on Tuesday approved a treaty fishery proposal that had tribal
fishers spreading their nets at 6 a.m. the following day.
By the time the fishery ends at 6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 25) the ...
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7. ODFW ISSUES BELATED TAKE PERMITS FOR COHO
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued Tuesday incidental
take permits for wild lower Columbia River coho salmon, listed as endangered
under Oregons Endangered Species Act, but not until after gillnet fishing
for coho opened Monday.
A letter sent Saturday by Oregon Trout to Jim Greer, director of ODFW,
warned the agency that opening fishing for coho salmon before issuing the
permit would be a violation of the state ESA, a state law ODFW is responsible
to enforce.
"Oregon Trout
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8. SENATE APPROVES INTERIOR SPENDING BILL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
After sporadic debate that stretched over nearly two months, the Senate
on Thursday passed a $14 billion FY2000 spending bill for the Interior
Department, Forest Service and related agencies. The vote was 89 to 10.
The annual appropriation measure would earmark money and give congressional
direction to various Northwest salmon recovery and ecosystem projects.
The next step will be for House and Senate appropriators to hammer out
a compromise bill before the fiscal year starts on Oct. ...
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9. COUNCIL SPLIT ON PEND OREILLE KOKANEE PROJECT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
One state would reap the fish and wildlife benefits. Another state,
and a federal power marketing agency, would bear the costs.
So a split four-state Northwest Power Planning Council Wednesday offered
a compromise of sorts to those debating the worth of the Lake Pend Oreille
kokanee study. The Council decided to give the Idaho Department of Fish
and Game the $379,000 it wanted to monitor and evaluate the effects of
lake level on kokanee salmon productivity.
But the Council failed to ...
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10. TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED FOR SPECIES-SURVEY ISSUE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A leader of a scientific team that developed the first old-growth forest
management alternatives for the Clinton administration this week urged
it to use another such task force to avoid renewed gridlock in the Northwest
woods.
Forestry professor Norman Johnson of Oregon State University recommended
creation of a group of outside experts to help resolve turmoil over implementing
surveys of potentially at-risk species of native plants and animals. Johnson
said he and other members of ...
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11. TEAM RECOMMENDS TIMBER HARVEST CHANGES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregons Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team unveiled at a meeting
in Salem this week a report with 19 recommendations to improve Oregon forest
practices.
Seventeen of the recommendations could be put into practice almost immediately,
while two are fraught with difficulties that will require policy changes
in Oregons Forest Practices Rules as well as the Oregon Plan for Salmon
and Watersheds.
The recommendations are specifically for western Oregon forests and
the Siskiyou ...
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2. Are current forest practices rules adequate to achieve the mission
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
of the Oregon Plan? Read More...  

3. What strategies are needed in the management of forest resources
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
to achieve the mission of the Oregon Plan?
Their answers lie in the 19 recommendations.
For example, Recommendation 1 incorporates the policy objectives of
the Oregon Plan into Oregons Forest Practices Act. While the OFPA includes
protection of water quality and habitat, it doesnt address recovery of
salmon, as the Oregon Plan does. "We believe there is a scientific disconnect
if we dont have an OFPA policy that fits with the Oregon Plan," Norris
said.
Recommendation 2, the most ...
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12. RELEASE OF CHINOOK `4D ESA RULES EXPECTED SOON
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is just about ready to publish
its draft 4(d) Rules for Puget Sound Chinook, says Robert A. Turner, Washington
Area director for NMFS.
Turner told a salmon conference in Seattle last week that the rules
likely would be published in the Federal Register for public review and
comment in six weeks.
The 4(d) Rules for Puget Sound Chinook are part of a rule package that
NMFS is developing for the three evolutionary significant units (ESUs)
of coastal ...
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13. UMATILLA BASIN PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Construction of a nine-year, $56-million federal water-exchange project
should be completed this month, about the same time that an estimated 3,000
to 5,000 adult fall chinook and coho salmon and summer steelhead begin
their return to the Umatilla River.
The Umatilla Basin Project, prompted when the Confederated Tribes of
the Umatilla Indian Reservation claimed their reserved water rights, delivers
Columbia River water to three irrigation districts, which, in exchange,
leave water in ...
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14. STIER TO HEAD BPA WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Jeff Stier was named this week the new vice president of national relations
for the Bonneville Power Administration.
Stier has worked for Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, for 12 years, the last
eight as legislative director. He was the lead staff when Rep. DeFazio
chaired the 1993 task force on BPA as part of the House Natural Resources
Committee and has been one of the key organizers of the Pacific Northwest
Energy Caucus, which is addressing issues associated with Bonneville in
electricity ...
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