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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 15, 1999
Oct 15, 1999

1. CLINTON ANNOUNCES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
President Bill Clinton on Thursday ordered
the Forest Service to ban roads and possibly logging and other activities
on 40 million acres or more of inventoried roadless land.
That is about 20 percent of all national
forest land and exceeds the 34 million acres of congressional designated
wilderness.
Clinton called his administrative action
one of the largest conservation efforts in history.
"Within our national forests there are
large parcels of land that don't contain roads of any kind
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3. BILL CARRIES ELWHA,
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Funds to begin removing one of two dams
on the Olympic Peninsula's Elwha River to restore salmon runs have nearly
doubled for FY2000, to $12 million, under an agreement between Sen. Slade
Gorton, R Wash., and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.
House and Senate appropriators reached
agreement Thursday on a compromise annual spending bill for the Interior
Department, Forest Service and related agencies. Congress could pass and
send the measure to President Clinton early as next week but ...
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4. COUNCIL REQUESTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With the tide of scientific opinion rising
about the strong influences of estuarine conditions, the Northwest Power
Planning Council intends to find out how that salmon lifecycle segment
might be manipulated to improve survival.
The effects of channel dredging, predation
and water flows on migrating salmon are among the Columbia River estuary
issues the Council hopes its Independent Scientific Advisory Board will
address over the coming months.
Conclusions would hopefully be outlined
in
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5. EPA CHIEF, GOVERNORS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
chief will visit Vancouver, Wash., Oct. 20 to cheer the signing of a bi-state
agreement intended to improve water quality and habitat in the lower Columbia
River
Carol Browner will be joined by Oregon
Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Gary Locke next week to sign the
"implementation agreement" for the Lower Columbia River Estuary Program
Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The plan calls for on-the-ground
habitat restoration ...
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6. FISH PROJECTS AWAIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
More than half of the anticipated funding
remains unallocated while the Northwest Power Planning Council awaits the
rendering of scientific opinions on more than 100 direct fish and wildlife
project proposals for fiscal year 2000.
The Council in September passed through
158 projects that had the benefit of positive reviews from both the Columbia
Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority and the Independent Scientific Review
Panel. The projects totaled $68 million in funding. The Council's ...
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7. HATCHERY REVIEW READY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The groundwork is set now that a Columbia
Basin artificial production review --nearly two years in the making --
will soon be on its way to Congress.
The Northwest Power Planning Council on
Wednesday approved a final draft of the report and appendices, though last-minute
editing was ordered to make sure Congress knew who should bear the cost
of implementing anticipated hatchery reforms.
Washington's Tom Karier pointed out that
the document's executive summary included six ...
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8. NMFS RELEASES DRAFT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service released
four draft white papers from its Northwest Fisheries Science Center on
aspects of salmon survival through the Columbia/Snake River hydropower
system that it says will provide scientific background for the upcoming
NMFS 1999 biological opinion.
NMFS will take comments on the studies
until Oct. 29, and after that the papers will influence both the 1999 BiOp
and the way the Columbia River power system will operate in the coming
years.
The ...
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9. PATH UPDATES FALL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
PATH updated its 1998 preliminary report
on fall chinook survival and presented those changes at last weeks meeting
of the inter-agency Implementation Team.
Though the updated report has gone through
more extensive review by PATH scientists and the Scientific Review Panel,
it lacks any defining conclusions because of wide variances in the uncertainty
of juvenile survival rates of transported fish compared to non-transported
fish, or D-value.
With a low delayed mortality, or "D" ...
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10. BPA MAKES SENIOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Bonneville Power Administator Judi Johansen
announced this month significant senior management changes and named a
new director of the Fish and Wildlife Division.
Long-time deputy administrator Jack Robertson
retired from the agency Sept. 30. Johansen said Steven G. Hickok, the agencys
chief operating officer, remains in his current post, which becomes the
number two position in the agency.
Johansen will position the deputy job as
the number three position and fill it on a rotating basis
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11. BONNEVILLE DAM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Steady flows below Bonneville Dam continued
this week to aid early-arriving fall chinook and will probably continue
through the winter as endangered Columbia River Chum salmon are expected
soon.
The US Army Corps of Engineers is operating
the dams outflows to reduce fluctuations that normally occur this time
of year because of power production. The extreme fluctuations posed the
danger of de-watering areas where fall chinook may have already spawned.
"Typically, the hourly ...
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12. INSPECTOR GENERAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Inspector Generals Office has been
interviewing regional decision makers and staff as part of a performance
audit looking at the National Marine Fisheries Services role in Columbia
Basin salmon recovery.
A spokesperson for the Office of Inspector
General at the Dept. of Commerce in Washington D.C. said the audit had
been previously scheduled in the IGs "annual audit plan."
Stressing that the effort was not an "investigation,"
the spokesperson said the audit will evaluate salmon ...
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13. NEW WEB SITE DETAILS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
As the region debates salmon recovery in
the Columbia/Snake River Basin, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center
-- the science arm of the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Northwest
-- is mounting an effort to assess the impact of actions in several areas
on salmon populations. That effort, the Cumulative Risk Initiative (CRI),
now has a site on the World Wide Web at http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/cri/.
"We are committed to an open process that
lets anyone look at our work in progress,"
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14. BROODSTOCK PROJECT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A "new" Tucannon captive propagation project
could get fiscal year 2000 funding through the Northwest Power Planning
Council if its master plan passes muster and the proposal makes it through
the agency's three-step review process.
The Council on Wednesday abided by its
fish and wildlife committee's recommendation that $134,000 be reserved
to expand and help operate eastern Washington broodstock rearing facilities.
Despite getting positive funding recommendations
from the Independent ...
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15. ANALYSIS PLOTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
With computer and operators still trying
to digest the input, the Northwest Power Planning Council must await the
results of an analysis of seven far-ranging visions for managing the Columbia
River Basin's fish and wildlife resources.
So a Wednesday presentation focused on
the type of information that could potentially be gleaned from the Ecosystem
Diagnosis and Treatment analytical model. The Council hopes to use that
information as it builds its management framework.
The ...
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