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Latest CBB News > Archives > Sep 25, 1998
Sep 25, 1998

1. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE SLASHES CORPS BUDGET
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A House-Senate conference committee Thursday night (Sept. 24) reduced
the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed budget for fish passage modifications
at Columbia/Snake River mainstem dams by $57 million, prompting concern
that funds may be short to implement interim recovery measures for Snake
River wild salmon and steelhead.

The conference committee on energy and water development appropriations
set the Corps' Columbia River Fish Mitigation Program budget at $60 million
for fiscal year ...
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2. GORTON SEEKS EXPANDED SCIENCE REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington Republican Sen. Slade Gorton will be proposing legislation
requiring that federal agencies each year submit their Columbia Basin fish
recovery projects to a science review panel for evaluation before Congress
approves funding.

Gorton had hoped the science review requirement would be included in
the 1999 energy and water appropriations bill approved by a House-Senate
conference committee Thursday night (Sept. 24). But the effort was rebuffed
by Rep. Joseph McDade, chairman ...
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3. INTERIOR SPENDING BILL PULLED, GOES OMNIBUS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Senate's $13.4 billion Interior Appropriations Bill, which addresses
congressional authority over modifications to Columbia Basin federal hydropower
projects, was pulled from the floor this week.

It will now become part of an "omnibus spending bill" that
will include several appropriations bills, say Northwest congressional
staffers. The final package will be shaped by a House-Senate conference
committee.

The Interior spending bill, largely crafted by Washington ...
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4. COUNCIL APPROVES $131 MILLION IN PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council this week recommended that the
Bonneville Power Administration use $131.4 million in 1999 to fund 275
Columbia River basin fish and wildlife restoration projects.

The action came during its meeting Tuesday and Wednesday at Grouse Mountain
Lodge in Whitefish, Montana.

The budget figure was nearly $5 million higher than this year thanks
to an agreement which allowed the use of money from a contingency reserve
and carryover and interest from the ...
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5. TRIBAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDING REJECTED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Funding requests for tribal law enforcement projects were rejected Wednesday
as the Northwest Power Planning Council stressed the need to better define
how the proposed activities would to help achieve the goals of its direct
fish and wildlife program.

The Council followed the advice of its Fish and Wildlife Committee in
deciding not to reserve funding for law enforcement in the $131.4 million
1999 direct program budget.

The decision on the law enforcement portion of the budget ...
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6. TRIBAL FISHING SEASON ENDS TODAY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River treaty tribes' 1998 commercial fishery is expected
to end at 6 p.m. today as the combined impact of Indian and non-Indian
sport and commercial fisheries on the threatened Snake River fall chinook
stock approaches its upper limit.

The tribes volunteered Tuesday to shut down the five-day fishing period
one day earlier than originally planned because updated run-size and catch
data "indicated that the Snake River (chinook) impacts would be right
on" the ...
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7. WASHINGTON ADOPTS EMERGENCY LOGGING RULES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Partly in response to the National Marine Fisheries Service's determination
that Washington's current "Forest Practice Rules" jeopardize
salmonids, the state's Forest Practices Board this week approved a new
emergency rule designed to protect endangered steelhead in the Columbia
River Basin.

The new emergency rule, approved on a divided voice vote, is aimed at
protecting Washington's Upper Columbia steelhead, Snake River steelhead
and Lower Columbia steelhead, all of which ...
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8. UMATILLA TRIBES PURCHASE 8,000-ACRE RANCH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Using $3.9 million in Bonneville Power Administration fish and wildlife
mitigation funds, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
have purchased an 8,441-acre ranch in southeastern Washington for fish
and wildlife habitat. The sale closed Sept. 11.

The "Rainwater Ranch," previously owned by Miller Shingle
Co. of Granite Falls, Wash., includes 5,500 acres of timber, plus rangeland,
and about eight miles of anadromous fish spawning and rearing habitat ...
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9. PGE PEPARES BID FOR HYDRO PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Portland General Electric will finish its draft relicensing application
for the Round Butte Pelton complex of hydroelectric dams on the Deschutes
River before the end of 1998 and expects to file its final application
with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the end of 1999.


The license, currently held by PGE, is contested by the Confederated
Tribes of Warm Springs, but, according to PGE, the two applications will
be very different. (For information on Warm Spring tribes'
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10. MAJOR CONFERENCE SET ON RIVER GOVERNANCE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Governor. John Kitzhaber, Washington Sen. Slade Gorton, former
Oregon Sen. Mark Hatfield, Oregon Rep. Elizabeth Furse and Washington Rep.
Rick White will join tribal leaders, senior federal officials, state legislators,
and representatives of the region's economic and environmental interests
for a major regional conference on the future of the Columbia River.

"Governance and the Columbia River: Where Are We Going?" will
be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 8:15 a.m. to ...
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11. COUNCIL ON TRACK WITH BUDGET CUTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Budgets approved Wednesday keep the Northwest Power Planning Council
"on track" to reduce its spending to $6.2 million annually by
2001, according to Steve Crow, the Council's executive director.

At its meeting in Whitefish, Montana this week, the Council approved
a revised $7.155 million budget for fiscal year 1999 and a draft 2000 budget
of $6.724 million.

The draft 2000 budget compares to a peak Council allocation of nearly
$8.5 million in 1992. A staff analysis shows the
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12. AGENCIES MOVE FORWARD ON TERN PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A stopgap measure has been proposed to relocate nesting birds, including
8,000 pairs of Caspian terns, 16 miles closer to the mouth of the Columbia
River where it is believed they will consume fewer migrating juvenile salmon.

The multi-agency Avian Predation Working Group's proposed action would
attempt to move the birds from Rice Island, which is 21 miles upstream
from the mouth, to East Sand Island. The goal is to implement the action
before the 1999 juvenile fish passage season, which
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14. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
RE: SCT article and Decision Process Coordinating Group article in last
week's Columbia Basin Bulletin

From BOB HEINITH, hydro coordinator for the Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish
Commission:

I find it completely ironic that while the region's fish and wildlife
policy makers are moving toward a multi-species approach through the framework
and Decision Process groups, mid-level, technical, fishery agency managers
and the Corps are continuing to advocate spending the lion's share of the
FY99
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