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Latest CBB News > Archives > Oct 22, 1999
Oct 22, 1999

1. BILL CARRIES ESA EXEMPTION FOR ALASKA FISHERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A major end-of-session battle over Pacific salmon restoration is brewing
between members of Congress and President Clinton, and could wind up being
settled in high-level closed-door budget negotiations.
Clinton is being urged to veto the annual appropriation bill for the
departments of commerce, state and justice because it contains an Endangered
Species Act exemption for Alaskan salmon fishermen and lower-than-expected
funding for West Coast state salmon recovery projects and ...
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2. BILL EXPANDS SCIENCE REVIEW PANELS SCOPE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A bill to expand the scope of the Independent Scientific Review Panel
to fish and wildlife projects of three additional federal agencies received
support from most witnesses at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.
During the hearing by the Water and Power Subcommittee, chaired by Sen.
Gordon Smith, R-Ore., representatives of the Northwest Power Planning Council,
Bonneville Power Administration and Public Power Council said the panel
has been a success since its creation in ...
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3. GOVERNORS, EPA LAUNCH ESTUARY PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
"Consensus brings power," Washington Gov. Gary Locke told the assembled
throng Wednesday at a ceremony intended to mark the transition from the
planning to the implementation phase of the Lower Columbia River Estuary
Program.
With the signing of the implementation agreement, Locke, Oregon Gov.
John Kitzhaber and Chuck Findley of the federal Environmental Protection
Agency pledged their help to restore the vitality of the Lower Columbia
ecosystem. The ceremony took place at the ...
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4. LAKE PEND OREILLE LEVEL REVISITED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A decision to hold Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille at the traditional wintertime
level in 1999-2000 is being revisited after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service expressed concern about potential impacts on bull trout listed
under the Endangered Species Act.
The Corps of Engineers, which operates the lake's outlet at Albeni Falls
Dam, has for the past three years only allowed the wintertime level to
drop to 2,055 feet above sea level -- four feet higher than normal. The
Corps maintained the ...
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5. COUNCIL MULLS PHASED NEZ PERCE HATCHERY PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Nez Perce hatchery plan aimed at proving supplementation and "natural
rearing" techniques remains in limbo while the Northwest Power Planning
Council, and its Independent Scientific Review Panel, sort out concerns
about cost and science.
The Nez Perce had initially submitted a $20 million proposal for funding
through the Council's direct fish and wildlife program in 2000. More than
$17 million was ticketed for land acquisition and construction.
Following its review of the project, ...
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6. NMFS SETS RIVER OPERATIONS FOR CHUM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A plan for river operations designed to aid survival of Columbia River
chum salmon was delivered to river operators last week. The interim plan
will guide river operations below Bonneville Dam for chum spawning and
rearing through spring.
A letter outlining the plan to protect chum salmon, which was listed
as an endangered species in March 1999, was sent by the National Marine
Fisheries Service to the three federal agencies responsible for operating
the federal Columbia River power system
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7. CORPS EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR DREDGING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The opportunity to comment on a recommendation and environmental impact
statement to deepen the Columbia River channel from Portland, Ore., to
the rivers mouth was extended one month to allow parties to adequately
review the report.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the comment period on its
final report from Oct. 25, 1999, to Nov. 22, 1999, after hearing from a
number of people, agencies and groups that the period as set did not allow
for a complete review of the report. The ...
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8. SCT EYES DRAWDOWN 'CONTINGENCIES'
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Those who judge the potential of suggested fish passage improvements
at federal Snake-Columbia river dams drew the specter of drawdown into
their process Wednesday, choosing to chart two paths for fiscal year 2001
project proposals.
The list of potential FY 2001 Columbia River Fish Mitigation program
projects will be displayed with both a traditional and a "drawdown track,"
the multi-agency System Configuration Team agreed. During the course of
the year the Corps of Engineers and National
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9. SCT SHAPES DALLES SPILL QUERY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An independent group of scientists will be asked to give its opinion
on an issue that continues to spark debate among fish managers and river
operators -- what is the best way to determine the level of spill at The
Dalles Dam spill that maximizes juvenile salmon survival.
A draft letter to the Independent Scientific Advisory Board was circulated
Wednesday among members of the multi-agency System Configuration Team.
The goal, according to SCT co-chair Bill Hevlin, was to gather input so
he
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10. BPA FUNDS HABITAT RANCH PURCHASE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Bonneville Power Administration has funded the purchase of 24,304
acres of wildlife habitat in Wheeler County, Ore., and the Warm Springs
Tribe will manage it.
"This is an example of how ratepayer dollars are invested in environmental
projects with potentially large dividends," said Judi Johansen, BPA administrator.
"Our Native American partners will now take the project and enhance it
as habitat for wildlife, including salmon and steelhead."
The Warm Springs Tribe purchased Pine ...
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11. IRRIGATION FISH SCREEN BILL ENDORSED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Senate bill would authorize $125 million in federal funding for installation
of fish screens on Northwest irrigation facilities was endorsed by the
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department and an irrigation group this week.
Irrigation districts that belong to the Oregon Water Resources Congress
have about 100 water diversions that require upgrading or replacement to
comply with the Endangered Species Act, a representative of the group said
during a hearing of the Senate Water and Power ...
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12. GROUPS BUY NATIONAL ADS ON DAM REMOVAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Proponents of removing the four Lower Snake River dams to restore salmon
began a national newspaper advertising campaign this week directed at the
Clinton Administration and Vice-President Al Gore.
A series of four full-page advertisements began Wednesday in the New
York Times. The ads, running weekly, ask Vice-President Gore to support
dam removal as the centerpiece of an upcoming salmon recovery plan from
the Administration.
The ads are sponsored by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal ...
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13. JOHN DAY RAISED CREST STUDY ADVANCES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A $460,000 niche will be found in the Fiscal Year 2000 Columbia River
Fish Mitigation Program budget to investigate the potential of raised crest
spill passage mechanisms that could offer similar benefits, but without
the huge costs, of a John Day Dam skeleton bay surface passage scheme.
Both concepts are intended create strong surface flow field to take
advantage of the fact that most salmon migrate downstream in the upper
portion of the water column. Most believe fish fare better through
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