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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 2, 1998
Oct 2, 1998

1. PANEL: OUTCOMES FOR DRAWDOWN ARE BETTER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An independent scientists'; report indicates that drawdown of the four
lower Snake River dams is more likely to produce salmon recovery than transportation
of juveniles past the dams.

The long-awaited results of the peer review of the "weighting of
evidence" process were presented to the October 1 meeting of the National
Marine Fisheries Service's Implementation Team.

The scientists assessed evidence related to three possible actions for
recovery of Snake River chinook ...
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2. SCT BEGINS CUTTING CORPS MAINSTEM PROJECTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In response to deep cuts in the Army Corps of Engineers' salmon recovery
budget, federal, state and tribal representatives met Wednesday to shed
about $30 million in proposed fish passage projects at Columbia/Snake River
mainstem dams.

The System Configuration Team, a multi-agency technical team, is charged
annually with recommending Columbia River Fish Mitigation program spending
priorities. The Corps, as the action agency, ultimately decides which programs
to carry out.

The ...
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3. CONGRESS DEMANDS MORE SCIENCE REVIEW
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Another new scientific review process for Columbia Basin salmon recovery
is about to be launched.

Included in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill is
"report language" which calls for the Independent Scientific
Review Panel (ISRP) to evaluate the scientific soundness of "Columbia
Basin fish and wildlife projects, programs, or measures proposed in a federal
agency budget to be reimbursed by the Bonneville Power Administration."

The ISRP review ...
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4. SCIENTISTS ENCOURAGE SURFACE BYPASS RESEARCH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
"Do the preliminary tests in prototype indicate that the surface
flow bypass technology shows sufficient promise to warrant continuing development?"

Under the presumption that the system of hydroelectric dams retains
its present configuration and operations, the answer is "Yes."

That's the latest word from the 10-member Independent Scientific Advisory
Board. The panel of scientists outlined comments and recommendations on
the current technology in a report to ...
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5. ISAB GIVES GAS ABATEMENT HIGH PRIORITY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A scientific report released Tuesday backs the Army Corps of Engineers
Gas Abatement program as an important tool in reducing dissolved gas supersaturation
levels in the mainstem Columbia and Snake rivers.

The program should continue, with high priority, according to a report
by the Independent Scientific Advisory Board. The report is the latest
in series produced by the 10-member panel at the request of the Northwest
Power Planning Council.

The Council, in turn, was responding to ...
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6. BPA FISH FUNDING: LAVISH OR LEAN?
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A broad plan to guide the Bonneville Power Administration's fish and
wildlife funding process was critiqued, alternately, as too lavish or too
lean Tuesday by a panel ranging from environmentalists to industrial power
customers.

Panelists also debated cost recovery strategies being mulled by BPA
that would help guarantee the agency's ability to fulfill financial obligations
during the 2002-2006 period and beyond.

The panel discussion on proposed BPA "fish funding tools"
was
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7. BPA, CUSTOMERS DISCUSS DIVISION OF RESOURCES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In what she termed a balancing of the interests of core customers, the
environment and a financial responsibility to repay its debts, Judith Johansen,
Bonneville Power Administration administrator, presented the agency's "Proposal
for the Future" to nearly 300 representatives from public and private
utilities, energy agencies, utility commissions and industrial customers.


The crowd that gathered in Portland Tuesday (Sept. 29), in the first
of three public hearings to ...
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8. WILLAMETTE TEMP CONTROL PROJECT ADVANCES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Although the news from Congress regarding Army Corps of Engineer fish
and wildlife project spending has been generally downcast, it did contain
one tantalizing tidbit for Willamette and McKenzie river salmon watchers.

The Corps' appropriation includes $1 million to further the design of
the Cougar Reservoir portion of the Willamette Temperature Control project.
The end product would be a 300-foot tower that would allow operators to
selectively release water from various levels in the ...
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9. DEMOS STEP UP VETO THREAT ON RIDERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Clinton Administration and 149 House Democrats issued strong statements
this week denouncing "numerous anti-environmental riders" attached
to this year's appropriations bills, including a proposal by Sen. Slade
Gorton that addresses congressional authority over modifications to federal
dams in the Columbia River Basin.

Gorton's Columbia Basin proposal is attached to the $13.4 billion Interior
Appropriations Bill, which is now part of an "omnibus spending ...
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10. GOVERNORS TO DISCUSS BASIN ISSUES IN BOISE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The governors of the four Northwest states gather in Boise Monday to
discuss a variety of Columbia/Snake River Basin issues.

Phil Batt of Idaho, Marc Racicot of Montana, John Kitzhaber of Oregon
and Gary Locke of Washington are scheduled to convene at 9:30 a.m. Oct.
5 at the Centre on the Grove in downtown Boise.

The governors will first hear a briefing on the activities of the Transition
Board and on the Bonneville Power Administration's ongoing subscription
process. Dick Watson, the
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11. CASAVANT JOINS COUNCIL'S ECONOMICS PANEL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Ken Casavant, former Washington member of the Northwest Power Planning
Council, has been appointed to the Council's Independent Economic Analysis
Board.

Casavant, who served on the Council from 1994 to April of this year,
is a professor of agricultural economics at Washington State University
in Pullman.

Casavant's specialty is transportation economics. He is director of
the Eastern Washington Intermodal Transportation Study at WSU, which has
evaluated the potential impacts of ...
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12. TEAM FORMED TO STUDY HANFORD STRANDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Grant County Public Utility District and Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife are seeking members to serve on a "technical team"
that will assist in a comprehensive investigation of juvenile fall chinook
stranding in the Hanford Reach.

The technical team will "work with study participants to develop
options for solution of the stranding problem in 1999," says Grant
PUD and WDFW in a letter in invitees. "The team will be asked to conduct
necessary ...
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13. IDAHO RIVERS SEEKS PROTECTION FOR 14 RIVERS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho Rivers United today released its "Wild and Scenic Rivers
in Idaho Status Report" which calls upon the Idaho congressional delegation
to add 14 rivers to the Wild and Scenic designation.


The recommended rivers are:

Lower Salmon (Long Tom Bar to mouth)

Bruneau (Blackrock Crossing to Hot Creek)

Jarbidge (Murphy Hot Springs to Bruneau)

Sheep Creek (Mary's Creek to Bruneau)

East Fork Owyhee

North Fork Clearwater

Cayuse Creek

Kelly Creek

White Sand ...
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14. SENATORS SEEK EXTENSION ON LYNX LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Five Northwest senators are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to extend by 90 days the comment period on the proposed listing of the
Canada lynx as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Republicans Gordon Smith of Oregon, Larry Craig and Dirk Kempthorne
of Idaho, and Conrad Burns of Montana and Democrat Max Baucus of Montana
joined six other senators in urging the extension.

The USFWS describes the Canada lynx as a "secretive forest dwelling
cat of northern ...
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15. CORPS SETS MEETINGS ON LOWER SNAKE STUDY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a series of public meetings
in next month to update the public on the status of the Lower Snake River
Feasibility Study, which focuses on how dams can be changed to improved
the survival of listed salmon stocks.

The public meetings will be Nov. 9 at Lewiston; Nov. 12 at Tri-Cities;
Nov. 16 at Portland; Nov. 19 at Boise and Nov. 23 at Spokane. The Columbia
Basin Bulletin will announce meeting times and locations when they become
available.

The
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