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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 9, 1998
Oct 9, 1998

1. SCIENTISTS DEFEND PATH PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Several scientists associated with the "PATH process" reacted
sharply this week to suggestions that an independent science review panel
was "sandbagged " when evaluating hypotheses related to the mortality
and recovery of spring/summer chinook salmon.

A "Weight of Evidence" report released last week suggested
that breaching the four Lower Snake River dams would be a more effective
recovery strategy than continuing with current river operations or ...
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2. GORTON PULLS DAM PROVISION, ELWHA FUNDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
President Clinton's threatened veto has prompted Sen. Slade Gorton to
pull from the Interior spending bill his provision aimed at strengthening
congressional authority over modifications to Columbia/Snake River dams.

At the same time, the Washington Republican yanked from the bill something
Clinton wanted -- $2 million to study the removal of the dam on the lower
Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The senator will revisit the Columbia River issue next year, said ...
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3. SCT DEADLOCKED OVER JOHN DAY SCREENS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A technological -- and philosophical -- tug of war over funding for
further testing of John Day extended length screen prototypes ended Monday
in a draw.

State and federal representatives to the System Configuration Team met
in a special morning session to finalize funding recommendations for 1999
fish passage projects at mainstem Columbia-Snake river hydroelectric projects.

They left in agreement about how to spend most of the $60 million allotted
by Congress for mainstem ...
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4. KITZHABER QUERIED ON TREATY RIGHTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have asked
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to clarify the state's position regarding treaty
rights.

The request comes in the wake of this year's contentious negotiations
over the fall fishery for Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead.

"Reports from our policy representatives and legal counsel involved
in the process paint what can only be described as an alarming and distressing
picture," say Antone Minthorn, chairman
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5. NW GOVERNORS PURSUE RIVER MANAGEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Northwest governors agreed Monday (Oct. 5) that the way the
Columbia-Snake river system is managed needs to be changed -- and that
they might be the ones to coordinate a regional plan.

The governors and their advisers will spend the next few weeks deciding
if they should advance a legislative proposal to address long-term river
governance issues, and what sort of proposal that should be. They'll also
focus on how the region can better address looming fish and wildlife issues
in
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6. McGINTY TO LEAVE WHITE HOUSE POST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
After weeks and rumors and speculation, President Clinton confirmed
Wednesday night that Katie McGinty, his top environmental policy advisor,
was leaving her post after the November election.

McGinty, chair of the White House Council on Environment Quality, has
played a key role in the Administration's salmon recovery policies for
the Columbia River Basin.

In announcing McGinty's departure at a speech to the League of Conservation
Voters Wednesday night, Clinton said, "We have a
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7. DRAWDOWN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS BEHIND SCHEDULE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Many of the Drawdown Regional Economic Workgroup studies evaluating
economic impacts of drawdown or breaching the four lower Snake River dams
are behind schedule.

Several of the schedules have slipped because parts of the DREW study
rely on the results of the National Marine Fisheries Service's PATH report,
which itself is behind schedule. A report on PATH's 1998 activities is
due next month.

Other studies are simply dealing with difficult issues that take time
and are slowing ...
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8. FRAMEWORK UPDATE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The late-starting multi-species framework development process is gaining
focus with target dates for the project's first three products scheduled
for mid-November.

"We are on a schedule that is set to get certain products out of
here by Thanksgiving," according Dr. Peter Paquet, deputy project
manager. Those products -- a ecological overview or description of the
Columbia River Basin; a "template" to guide the development of
fish and wildlife management options; ...
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9. NUMBERS UP FOR SNAKE RIVER FALL CHINOOK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Threatened Snake River fall chinook appear "headed for a record
high" return to their spawning grounds above Lower Granite Dam since
tallies were begun in 1975.

The population remains a small fraction of its historic levels, but
appears to be responding to measures taken since the Snake River wild population
was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992, said Steven King,
the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's salmon fishery manager.

The current projection is for
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11. HIGH TEMPS SLOW IDAHO STEELHEAD RUN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Higher than normal temperatures in the lower Columbia River this summer
has delayed the fall steelhead runs into Idaho.

Such a delay of this type often results in an overall lower return of
fish, say Idaho Fish and Game biologists.

Temperatures in the river were measured at about 70 degrees in September
at a time when Idaho steelhead are just beginning their migration upstream.
Normal temperatures would have been in the low or mid 60s.

The higher temperatures slow steelhead as ...
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