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Latest CBB News > Archives > Nov 5, 1999
Nov 5, 1999

1. COUNCIL ACCEPTS TERN RELOCATION PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A plan to ease the worlds largest Caspian tern colony downriver as
a first step toward ridding the Columbia River estuary of the salmon-hungry
birds was accepted, grudgingly, Wednesday by the Northwest Power Planning
Council.
The Council indicated six weeks ago, in a letter from Chairman Todd
Maddock, that it wanted the terns impact on migrating salmon smolts reduced
to no more than 5 percent and suggested measures to prevent any nesting
in the estuary. But that goal is not achievable, or
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2. SENATOR WANTS INFO ON FOUR-H PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal agencies are refusing to disclose their secret deliberations
on options for a Columbia Basin salmon recovery plan, Sen. Mike Crapo,
R Idaho, charged this week.
"The Four-H process seems to be going forward with the federal agencies
working in secret to devise the options that we will be allowed to consider
in the region and then imposing those options on the region," Crapo said.
"The state and local governments and the people of the region need to be
a part of this decision-making
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3. TRIBES CONSIDER LITIGATION IF DAMS NOT BREACHED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest tribes are preparing to sue the federal government if the
region does not choose to breach the four lower Snake River dams as part
of its effort to recover endangered Snake River salmon stocks.
Donald Sampson, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal
Fish Commission, said the four lower Columbia River tribes, which CRITFC
represents, and the Shoshone-Bannock tribe in Idaho are considering litigation
because of the impacts the loss of salmon have had on the Native ...
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4. STELLE: ARE STATES READY FOR TOUGH CALLS?
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The man who is leading salmon recovery in the Northwest said it will
take a combined effort of federal, state, local and tribal governments
to bring back salmon, and he wondered if the states will be able to make
the tough decisions necessary for recovery.
Will Stelle Jr., director of the National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest office, said the difference between listing of the northern spotted
owl as an endangered species and the ESA listing of nine salmon and steelhead
species ...
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5. NEZ PERCE, OREGON JOIN CLEAN WATER SUIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Nez Perce tribe and the state of Oregon joined this week a lawsuit
that seeks federal operations of the lower Snake River dams in accordance
with the federal Clean Water Act regulations.
According to the Nez Perce, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operations
of the dams violate state and federal water quality standards. It also
accuses the Corps of considering the CWA standards for temperature and
dissolved gas as merely "aspirational" and says the Corps failure to consider
the ...
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6. GAO LAUNCHES DAM BREACHING ANALYSIS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In response to a request from Republican Sens. Slade Gorton of Washington
and Gordon Smith of Oregon, the General Accounting Office has begun an
evaluation of the impacts of dam breaching.
"The Pacific Northwest is nearing a precipice in the debate over dam
removal," the senators say in a recent letter requesting the GAOs analysis.
"The proponents and opponents focus on perceived direct benefits or repercussions
of dam removal to promote their position. Little time or energy has ...
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7. FISH, WILDLIFE PROJECTS WIN ISRP, NPPC APPROVAL
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council on Wednesday recommended $33.2
million in funding for fish and wildlife projects that gained scientific
backing following a second round of technical review.
The Council, meeting in Twin Falls, Idaho, now has committed more than
$101 million of the amount it has to spend through its FY2000 direct fish
and wildlife program. The total available is about $136 million, Bob Lohn,
NPPC Fish and Wildlife Division director, told the Council. That ...
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 8. TRIBES SAY ISRP LACKS OBJECTIVITY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Dissatisfied, in particular, with judgments made about tribal hatchery
proposals, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has asked the
Northwest Power Planning Council to lead a regional effort to reshape what
the tribes call a biased "independent scientific review" process.
CRITFC Executive Director Donald Sampson followed up earlier tribal
testimony before Congress by asking the NPPC to help craft suggested modifications
to rules regarding Independent Scientific Review Panel ...
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9. COUNCIL PROJECT FUNDING DECISIONS LINGER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Although roughly three-quarters of its fiscal year 2000 fish and wildlife
program budget has been earmarked, some of the biggest funding decisions
remain for the Northwest Power Planning Council.
PATH (Plan for Testing and Analyzing Hypotheses), major tribal hatchery
initiatives and "innovative" proposals still await Council decision making
more than a month into the new fiscal year.
The Council annually recommends how $127 million in federal hydropower
revenues will be spent on ...
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10. BIOLOGISTS: MONTANA BULL TROUT REBOUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
While bull trout reproduction in northwest Montana appears to be rebounding,
an official recovery of western Montana's bull trout will still depend
on the welfare of the species outside the state.
Recently completed surveys show a continuing recovery trend in spawning
streams in the Flathead and Swan drainages -- two of the state's largest
bull trout drainages. The number of gravelly spawning nests, known as "redds,"
has increased dramatically in many streams since low points of the ...
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11. MORE BULL TROUT POPULATIONS LISTED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The recent listing of the only known bull trout populations in Montana
east of the Continental Divide will afford new protections to populations
that biologists have only recently studied.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced the listing of
St. Mary and Belly River bull trout as threatened species, along with an
isolated population off Washington's Puget Sound.
"It's one of those situations where we don't have much information on
what was there historically," said ...
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12. PEND OREILLE LAKE LEVEL SETTLED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Under terms of a compromise agreement reached Monday in U.S. District
Court the water level in Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille will drop, but not as
low as originally planned.
The Corps of Engineers, which operates the lake's Albeni Falls Dam outlet,
announced that it restarted drawdown of the lake Tuesday. The federal agency
intends to hold the lake level at an elevation of 2,053 feed above sea
level for the winter.
The Corps began drawdown of the lake earlier this fall with the ...
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13. FRAMEWORK 'FINAL' REPORT DELAYED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A report on the Columbia River Basin Multi-Species Framework process'
analysis of alternative fish and wildlife management strategies will be
delivered Dec. 8, though not in the form the Northwest Power Planning Council
had expected.
A final report on the biological and human effects analyses of seven
fish and wildlife alternatives had been promised for the Council's December
meeting.
But the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment (EDT) model being used to
analyze basinwide biological ...
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14. COUNCIL SHAPES AMENDMENT PROCESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The fish and wildlife program amendment process the Northwest Power
Planning Council expects to trigger as soon as Dec. 8 will be engineered
like never before to guide proposals toward common goals.
"We'd like to structure that call" for program recommendations, John
Shurts, the Council's general counsel, said Wednesday. The required notice
asking for amendment proposals would describe the Council's plan to adopt
a scientific and policy framework into which the proposals of fish ...
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15. WASHINGTON NET BAN DEFEATED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A ballot initiative that would have banned most commercial fishing nets
from Washington waters barely received 40 percent of the vote in this weeks
elections. It was the second time such an initiative had been defeated
in Washington in the past four years.
Despite gaining the support of The Columbian, the daily newspaper in
Vancouver, Wash., as well as late support from fishing organizations and
some environmental groups, Ban All Nets also got some late opposition from
the Sierra Club and
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16. REPORT SHOWS DAM REMOVAL BENEFITS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A report by Northwest economists released this week concludes that partially
removing the four federal dams on the Lower Snake River will provide significant
short and long-term economic benefits to the Northwest.
The report also suggests strategies to address and offset negative effects.
Salmon advocates called on regional leaders to recognize the overall benefits
of bypassing these four dams and to focus efforts on investments to improve
transportation and irrigation systems.
"The ...
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17. IDAHO PANELISTS OFFER RECOVERY OPTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In-river boxes intended to protect eggs and newly hatched salmon and
steelhead fry, engineered streams that counteract the effects of dams on
migrations, and strobe light configurations that steer fish away from mincing
dam turbines -- all are old fish recovery ideas whose time may have come
as alternatives to dam breaching.
Those ideas were the focus of a trio on presentations Wednesday at the
Northwest Power Planning Council's meeting in Twin Falls, Idaho. Guiding
the discussions ...
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