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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 16, 1998
Oct 16, 1998

1. CONFERENCE TACKLES RIVER GOVERNANCE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Three Sovereigns' proposed Columbia River Basin Forum will bring
improved coordination and decision-making to Basin fish and wildlife restoration
efforts, said a governor, tribal leaders, and senior federal officials
Thursday at an all-day conference on Columbia River governance.

They said a federal-state-tribal forum offers the quickest way for Northwest
interests to collaborate with the federal government on the National Marine
Fisheries Service's 1999 decision on long-term ...
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2. GORTON PULLS DAM LANGUAGE, ELWHA CASH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Washington Sen. Slade Gorton failed Wednesday to win White House concessions
on legislative language aimed at bolstering congressional authority over
any activity that could lead to the breaching of federal dams in the Columbia-Snake
river system.

The rebuff came despite the fact that Gorton tried to tempt the administration
with a new bargaining chip.

Gorton's office said he officially withdrew the language Wednesday night,
as well as a proposal to include $22 million in the bill ...
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3. STATE COMMISSIONS STUDY 'BEST SCIENCE'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Idaho's fish and game commissioners have asked their Washington and
Oregon counterparts to join them in declaring that the "best available
science" points to the breaching of four lower Snake River dams as
the only management option being considered likely to recover Columbia
and Snake river salmon and steelhead stocks.

Top officials from the three states' fish and wildlife agencies, as
well as four Oregon, three Washington and one Idaho fish and wildlife commissioners
met ...
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4. STUDY: BIG SPILL HURTS DALLES SURVIVAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Less spill means better fish survival at The Dalles Dam.

That's the conclusion of a pair of reports summarized Wednesday in Portland
during the Corps of Engineers annual research review of its Anadromous
Fish Evaluation Program.

"Project survival may be as much as 10 percent greater at 30 percent
than 64 percent spill," according to an abstract presented by the
Corps Marvin Shutters on "The Effect of Spill Level on Fish Passage
Efficiency at the Dalles Dam in ...
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5. SURVEYS JUDGE LOWER SNAKE FISHING PATTERNS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Researchers are using statistics collected over the past year and a
half in an effort to visualize what shape sport fishing might take if a
decision were made to breach four dams on the lower Snake River to ease
passage for salmon and steelhead.

A pair of reports were delivered Thursday during the Corps of Engineers
annual research review of its Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program. Both
were done as a part of the Corps' ongoing Lower Snake River Drawdown Feasibility
Study.

The ...
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6. RESEARCH LOOKS AT BYPASS FACILITIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Results from a scientific review of prototype fish passage facilities
show that these facilities can improve the survival rate of juvenile salmon
and steelhead during their downstream passage.

This information and more was revealed during the Army Corps of Engineer-sponsored
three-day Anadromous Fish Evaluation Program annual research review in
Portland, Oct. 13 through 15.

Much of the research on fish passage facilities was done at the Lower
Granite Dam on the Snake River. The ...
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7. STUDIES COMPARE BARGED FISH WITH IN-RIVER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A recent study supported by the Army Corp of Engineers found that barged
fish are more stressed over time than run-of-river fish based on levels
of cortisol present in the fish.

Yet, there are only a few differences in behavior between barged and
run-of-river fish when they are in the Columbia River estuary.

"All fish were stressed to some point, but fish collected at Lower
Granite Dam were more stressed than run-of-river fish," said Tom Stahl,
Oregon Cooperative Fish ...
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8. NMFS MAY RETHINK 1999 FLOW AUGMENTATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service is taking another look at the
role of flow augmentation in Columbia River salmon recovery.

Recent scientific data on the relationship between river flow levels
and salmon survival were presented at the October 2 meeting of the Implementation
Team, a policy group representing federal and state agencies. NMFS hydro
manager Brian Brown said that at the team's next meeting, November 5, he
would ask the group "whether we need to reconsider the ...
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9. FURSE INTRODUCES SALMON RECOVERY ACT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Furse has introduced legislation that
would require the Secretary of Interior to develop a Columbia Basin salmon
recovery plan by December 31, 1999.

Furse announced her legislation -- The Northwest Salmon Recovery Act
of 1998 -- at a luncheon speech at the Governance and the Columbia River
conference Thursday in Portland.

Though Furse is leaving office in January, the congresswoman said she
expects other members of Congress to work on the ...
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10. NW SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ENDORSES BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association Thursday announced its
endorsement of partially removing four federal dams on the lower Snake
River to restore Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead.

"This wasn't an easy decision for us. But after years of declining
salmon runs and the failure of fish barging and other expensive 'techno-fixes',
it is clear that restoring more natural river conditions is the only hope
for our salmon and steelhead," said Liz Hamilton, Executive ...
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11. STEELHEAD PROJECTIONS DOWN IN 1998
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The pace of the Snake River steelhead run is picking up, with the daily
count at the Lower Granite Dam averaging 2,100 fish, and the total count
at nearly 40,000 fish on Oct. 15.

Although that's only about 65 percent of last year's count at this time,
it's an improvement from the slow start in September when less than 5,000
steelhead were in the system.

Biologists are projecting a total runsize at Lower Granite Dam for 1998-99
of 60,000 to 70,000 steelhead, lower than the past ...
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