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Latest CBB News > Archives > Nov 19, 1999
Nov 19, 1999

1. FEDS OFFER THEIR "FOUR H" APPROACH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal officials offered scientific observations, but little direction,
this week as they headed for a winter-long gauntlet of public hearings
over what is the best course for Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife
recovery planning.
Mid-December is expected to bring a draft Corps of Engineers feasibility
study on Lower Snake River dam breaching and other salmon passage alternatives.
Planned for release at the same time is a draft "federal caucus" Four-H
paper aimed at weighing ...
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2. REACTION VARIED ON FEDS 4-H MESSAGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Those who follow Columbia River Basin salmon recovery efforts had a
mixed reaction to a federal agency caucus' outline of fish and wildlife
management options presented Tuesday in Portland.
But they were unanimous on one topic: Someone must take the reins if
a plan is to be defined and implemented to revive fish populations.
Twelve salmon and steelhead "Evolutionarily Significant Units" and seven
resident fish and other aquatic species in the region have been listed
as threatened or ...
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3. NW LAWMAKERS TAKE STOCK OF FOUR-H
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest members of Congress who oppose removing dams to save at-risk
salmon said the Four-H Working Paper this week confirmed their belief the
federal agencies won't pursue that option.
But citing the vagueness of the document, some were less certain about
that conclusion than others.
"The devil's in the details, but it looks like the dams may be off the
table," Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., said. "I may not have to chain myself
to the top of the dams after all."
In public speeches on the
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4. ISAB CRITIQUES A-FISH PROCESS, CONCLUSIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Neither initial conclusions reached in large part from PATH analyses,
nor an addendum to National Marine Fisheries Service's Anadromous Fish
Appendix, utilizing the agency's own scientific analysis, are the stuff
from which dam breaching decisions should be made, according to reviews
penned by the Independent Scientific Advisory Panel.
The 11-member ISAB completed reviews over the past month of NMFS' draft
appendix to the Corps of Engineers "Lower Snake River Juvenile ...
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5. SCIENTISTS EVALUATE NMFS EXTINCTION ANALYSIS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service describes its Cumulative Risk
Initiative as a work in progress.
And the Independent Scientific Advisory Board agrees after its review
of CRI analysis methods and results added this summer to the Anadromous
Fish Appendix to the Corps of Engineers Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon
Migration feasibility study.
The CRI is, by its own description, "a network of NMFS scientists working
to synthesize information and provide clear, consistent and ...
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6. FALL CHINOOK NUMBERS UP, BIG SPRING RUN FORECAST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Though they don't match up with so-called historic numbers, several
chinook salmon runs this past year, and forecasts for the spring of 2000,
surpass recent history.
An early prediction is that 134,000 Columbia-Snake upriver spring chinook
will pass Bonneville Dam next spring, the most since 1977 when 143,000
were estimated to have passed the first dam on the Columbia River on their
way to spawning grounds in tributaries and upper reaches.
And the fall chinook run that dwindled ...
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7. ALASKA FISHERY RIDER REVISED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A congressional Endangered Species Act waiver for the Alaskan salmon
fishery has been rewritten so that instead, the federal government would
have to take several actions prior to applying any additional harvest restrictions.
The original waiver for fishing conducted according to the new U.S.
Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty was authored by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska,
and backed by Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles. But it was opposed by President
Clinton, the governors of Oregon and Washington and ...
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8. NMFS RELEASES SALMON TREATY HARVEST BIOP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The conclusion of a recent biological opinion on the Pacific Salmon
Treaty -- and the deferring of fisheries management to the state of Alaska
-- says that such actions will not likely jeopardize 16 stocks of listed
salmon, steelhead or cutthroat trout.
The National Marine Fisheries Service came to that conclusion in a BiOp
made public Nov. 12. At the same time, it included a binding Incidental
Take Statement that restricts the harvest "exploitation rate" for Snake
River fall chinook to a
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9. HOUSE APPROVES FISH SCREEN FUNDING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The House of Representatives has approved creation of a federal grant
program of up to $25 million per year to help Northwest and California
irrigators install and upgrade fish-blocking screens on water diversions.
The voice vote passage of the bill on Nov. 9 sets the stage for enactment
next year of projects that are being required by federal agencies to reduce
losses of endangered salmon.
A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate but neither it nor
the House bill are expected ...
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10. CORPS TESTS FISH FRIENDLY TURBINES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Biological testing of a new generating turbine at the Bonneville Dam
began this week that will show just how fish-friendly the blades on the
new turbine are compared to turbines installed in the 1930s.
While the testing will not determine if the turbines will be installed,
it could influence strategies that balance power production and fish passage
at the dam in the future.
The "MGR" is a specially-designed turbine that leaves less room around
the turbine hub and blades and the outer ...
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11. PLAINTIFFS RESPOND IN CLEAN WATER SUIT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The complaint against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is simple: the
Corps is violating the Clean Water Act in its operations of the four lower
Snake River dams and it needs to comply with federal law.
So assert lawyers in their reply brief filed with U.S. District Court
in Portland this month charging the Corps with violating the CWA.
They say the Corps even admits that waters in the lower Snake River
do not comply with water quality standards.
On the other hand, the Corps says it ...
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12. GROUPS TO SUE OVER FLOW AUG POLICIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Conservation and fishing organizations this week sent a "notice of intent
to sue" over flow augmentation policies in the Columbia River Basin.
The groups say the Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, and
Bonneville Power Administration have failed to respond to the National
Marine Fisheries Services flow augmentation policies outlined in hydropower
biological opinions addressing endangered or threatened salmon and steelhead.
NMFS has set flow targets at Lower Granite Dam and ...
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13. HANFORD REACH TRANSFER MOVES FORWARD
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Department of Energy and Washington state agreed Nov. 5 to
transfer management of the 57,000-acre Wahluke Wildlife Recreation Area
above the Columbia River's salmon-healthy Hanford Reach in eastern Washington
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August.
The Record of Decision, signed by USFWS Deputy Director John Rogers,
formally extends the boundary of the 31,000 acre Saddle Mountain National
Wildlife Refuge to include this area. In addition, the Department of ...
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14. LAKE TROUT NETTING PLAN REJECTED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Power Planning Council has canned a plan to net lake trout
from Glacier National Park's Lake McDonald.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service request for funding was denied after
nearly a year of research, planning and jumping through bureaucratic hoops.
"We felt we were on the right track here with something that people
thought was important work," said Wade Fredenberg, a federal fisheries
biologist who prepared the proposal. "I feel like we got over all the hurdles
and ...
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15. PGE CUSTOMERS GET SALMON, WIND OFFERING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
In a unique green offering that may make sense only to Northwesterners,
Portland General Electric will begin in January to give customers a choice
to help restore Northwest salmon runs or develop more wind power at Northwest
projects. Or, customers could decide to take both.
PGE proposes to allow customers to pay a $5 per block premium on their
electricity bills that would go either to develop new wind resources or
to fund watershed and habitat restoration efforts throughout Oregon. ...
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16. IDAHO EYES ESA LEGISLATION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Under a "concept" draft of legislation now being shaped through a special
legislative committee, the Idaho governor's office would steer state responses
to federal Endangered Species Act listings, as well as OK plans to head
off potential listings.
A "consensus" bill would likely be offered to the Legislature in January
that involves a variety of state agencies and private entities in the development
of the state's policies regarding the ESA and conservation plans, according
state ...
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