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Latest CBB News > Archives > Nov 12, 1998
Nov 12, 1998

1. ECONOMISTS QUESTION BREACHING BENEFITS THEORY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An Idaho economist's contention that the region would save $86.7 million
annually by breaching lower Snake River dams was challenged by economists
advising the Northwest Power Planning Council.

A panel of eight economists was asked in September by the Council to
review a year-old study carried out by Philip S. Lansing of Boise and financed
by the Oregon Natural Resources Council.

The Lansing analysis, "Restoring the Lower Snake River: Saving
Snake River Salmon and Saving ...
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2. REGIONAL MEETINGS BEGIN ON LOWER SNAKE STUDY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
About 300 people attended a public meeting in Lewiston Monday night
(Nov. 9) to hear the Army Corps of Engineers present an update on the status
of the Lower Snake River Feasibility Study.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune this morning reported that a majority of
the crowd expressed clear opposition to breaching the four lower Snake
River dams.

The Corps, as required by the 1995 Biological Opinion for Snake River
wild salmon, is studying three alternatives: maintaining the existing ...
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3. SPAWNERS BELOW BONNEVILLE GET MORE WATER
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Higher Bonneville Dam outflows that started Nov. 4 will give fall chinook
more places to spawn in the mainstem Columbia River near Hamilton, Ives,
and Pierce islands.

However, tribes and other upriver interests worry about the consequences
for Hanford Reach fall chinook and resident fish above Grand Coulee Dam.

Federal hydropower operators and the National Marine Fisheries Service
reversed an earlier decision and granted a request from state and federal
fish managers to maintain ...
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4. COUNCIL OKS TERN RELOCATION PROJECT FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Funding for an experimental plan to relocate 20,000 salmon-eating Caspian
terns received the conditional approval Thursday of the Northwest Power
Planning Council despite doubts about whether electric ratepayers' should
be bearing the entire financial burden.

The Council decided to draft a letter recommending that $235,000 from
its 1999 direct fish and wildlife program budget be allocated to address
the emergency request. But Council members from the four Northwest states
made sure ...
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5. WATER RIGHTS DISPUTE THREATENS DAM RELICENSING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A landmark relicensing agreement for Noxon Dam on the lower Clark Fork
river could be threatened because of concerns for potential impacts to
junior water rights upstream.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation contends
the water rights issue is serious, but other state departments and partners
in the relicensing process consider that position to be exaggerated.

The situation threatens three years of negotiations for an unprecedented
agreement aimed at ...
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6. FRAMPTON NAMED CHAIR OF WHITE HOUSE CEQ
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
President Clinton last week named George Frampton as acting chair of
the Council of Environmental Quality, which plays a key role in crafting
the Administration's salmon recovery policies in the Columbia River Basin.

Frampton took office Nov. 7, replacing Kathleen McGinty, who served
as Clinton's principal environmental policy advisor for nearly six years.

Clinton said he intends to nominate Frampton as chair of the CEQ "and
will submit nomination papers to the Senate at the ...
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7. CORP TAKES COMMENTS ON CHANNEL DREDGING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Testimony at a recent public meeting was heavily weighted in support
of the Army Corps of Engineers' Columbia River Channel Improvement proposal
to deepen by three feet the lower 115 miles of Columbia River and Willamette
River shipping channel.

The Corps entertained public testimony at the first of three scheduled
hearings on the proposal, Thursday evening, Nov. 5, in Portland. Two more
public meetings are scheduled in Astoria, Nov. 12, and Kelso, Nov. 19.

While several speakers ...
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8. SURVEY MEASURES WATERSHED COUNCILS' PROGRESS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon's watershed councils are compiling a steady record of success
in cleaning up streams, protecting riparian zones and improving fish habitat,
says a survey of watershed councils conducted by the Forestry Extension
Program at Oregon State University.

At the same time, the survey noted that watershed council members are
concerned about inadequate funding or administrative coordination.

"The bottom line is that these watershed councils are getting things
done," said ...
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9. FRAMEWORK EFFORTS FOCUS ON WORKSHOP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Just as advertised, the Nov. 17-19 Multi-Species Framework workshop
will represent the first step toward the scientific analysis of divergent
"visions" for Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife management.

As of midday Monday (Nov. 8) slightly more than 100 people had signed
up for the policy alternatives workshop, which begins at 9 a.m. on Nov.
17 at the John Q. Hammons trade center at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Hotel.

"It's a very broad cross-section of ...
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10. IRRIGATORS PUSH WATER MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association is seeking support for
a "water management alternative for the Columbia River Basin"
that would restructure the federal government's flow augmentation program
for juvenile salmon and steelhead.

The irrigators' proposal would: -- eliminate the National Marine Fisheries
Service's "no net loss" water policy that limits future water
withdrawals; -- eliminate spring flow augmentation; -- reduce summer flow
augmentation ...
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11. FISHERY COUNCIL DEFINES ESSENTIAL SALMON HABITAT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Pacific Fishery Management Council last week sent a draft description
of "essential fish habitat" (EFH) for salmon out for public review.


The 1996 Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA) mandates describing EFH for
all commercially exploited fish species and recommending conservation measures.
The SFA amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management
Act.

Defining "essential fish habitat" for salmon has been an upstream
struggle.

"Most of ...
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12. ANGLERS REDUCE PIKEMINNOW PREDATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Anglers pulled more than 107,000 salmon-eating predators out of the
Columbia and Snake rivers during the 1998 Bonneville Power Administration's
Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward season,

"We are extremely encouraged by the results of this program over
the past eight years," said John Skidmore of BPA's fish and wildlife
office. "Over one-million predatory northern pikeminnow have been
removed from the Snake and Columbia rivers since 1990. As a result of these
removals, ...
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13. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Soscia, Columbia River Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
SOSCIA.MARYLOU@epamail.epa.gov:

In reference to Feedback (CBB, Oct. 19-23) from Mark Booker of Othello,
referring to Will Stelle's comments at the Governance meeting on the water
quality of the Columbia River mainstem: The Columbia River mainstem is
listed as a polluted water body by the states of Oregon and Washington
under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act for a number of different ...
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