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Latest CBB News > Archives > Nov 20, 1998
Nov 20, 1998

1. FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP ESTABLISHES GROUNDWORK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Participants concluded the three-day Columbia River Basin Multi-Species
Framework workshop Thursday -- leaving with heads filled with ideas and
seemingly enhanced goodwill, but with no firm recommendations on how the
region's fish and wildlife might be managed in the decades to come.

"The important thing is the next step," said Bruce Lovelin,
who represents the Columbia River Alliance. The CRA is one of several special
interests groups that joined with federal, state and tribal
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2. US V. OREGON NEGOTIATORS PURSUE EXTENSION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Federal, state and tribal officials say they need more time to establish
long-term guidelines for Columbia River fish harvest and production activities.

But talks on an extension of the current Columbia River Fish Management
Plan are proving almost as difficult as the yearlong negotiations to create
a new plan. The 1988-1998 CRFMP, negotiated originally as a means to avoid
season-to-season, issue-to-issue legal battles, expires Dec. 31.

U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Marsh on ...
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3. COLUMBIA DREDGING DRAWS ASTORIA OPPOSITION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An Army Corps of Engineers' meeting Nov. 12 in Astoria drew heated opposition
to a proposal to deepen by three feet 115 miles of the lower Columbia River
and Willamette River shipping channel.

Lower Columbia River residents accused the Corps of proposing to take
actions designed to pump economic benefits into the Portland metro area
at the expense of people who live and work along the lower river.

The Corps accepted public testimony at the second of three scheduled
hearings on the ...
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4. MONTANA UNVEILS BULL TROUT PLAN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The state of Montana has unveiled a long-awaited bull trout recovery
plan, and so far some reviews are highly critical of it.

The plan's oft-repeated mantra is to "conserve the best remaining
bull trout populations and then restore diminished populations" throughout
western Montana by 2030. The state is taking comments on a draft version
of the plan through Jan. 22.

It calls for local watershed groups, private landowners and state, federal
and tribal agencies to meet ...
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5. COMMENT PERIOD CLOSES ON LYNX LISTING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The clock is ticking for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide
whether to proceed with a listing of lynx as a threatened species.

The public comment period on the proposal closed on Monday (Nov. 16)
after a couple of extensions. More than 1,700 comments were submitted,
said Lori Nordstrum, the service's lead biologist coordinating the listing
proposal for the lower 48 states.

"What we have to do now is go through all of the comments,"
Nordstrum said from her office in
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6. KITZHABER, JOHANSEN EXCHANGE VIEWS ON PATH
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Nov. 5 issued a strongly-worded, three-page
letter expressing concern over the Bonneville Power Administration's management
of Columbia River flows and Bonneville staffers' statements about the PATH
(Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses) process.

This week (Nov. 18) BPA Administrator Johansen, in a responding letter
to Kitzhaber, said she welcomes the criticism "as the beginning of
an important dialogue." She hopes the exchange of letters ...
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7. DRAWDOWN PROSPECT SPAWNS PUBLIC DEBATE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Corps of Engineers made it clear Monday that it is studying a range
of options for improving juvenile salmon migration through the hydropower
system on the lower Snake River.

The Corps has declared no favorite -- yet.

But only one option triggered debate during a study update for the public
in Portland -- the prospect of breaching Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental,
Little Goose and Lower Granite dams.

The meeting was the third of five being held in the region to inform
the public on
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8. STELLE ADDRESSES ESA-WATER RIGHTS ISSUE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
At a early September congressional hearing in Pasco, Rep. Doc Hastings,
R-Wa, asked National Marine Fisheries Service Regional Administrator Will
Stelle to submit a letter by Oct. 1 explaining NMFS' "interpretation
of state water rights and how those rights interact with your agency."

Hastings and other members of the Northwest congressional delegation
expressed concern at the hearing that NMFS's flow policies for salmon,
using the authority of the Endangered Species Act, ...
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9. NW ENERGY COALITION ENDORSES DAM BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Northwest Energy Coalition has endorsed partially removing four
dams on the Lower Snake River and replacing power from the dams with energy
conservation and new renewable resources such as wind and geothermal power.

The NWEC is a coalition of 80 conservation organizations and utilities.
A NWEC press release stressed that resolutions adopted by the coalition
do not necessarily reflect the positions of every member.

The resolution adopted by the NWEC board says the extinction of ...
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10. SCT EYES FUTURE OF MAINSTEM CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Potentially changed directives could well make System Configuration
Team's complicated job even tougher over the coming year.

The multi-agency assemblage of biologists and engineering experts serves
as an advisory body, reviewing Corps of Engineers' annual Columbia River
Fish Mitigation Program mainstem capital construction project proposals
and recommending priorities.

But 1999, when planning takes place for fiscal year 2000, will not be
business as usual. The Corps is scheduled ...
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11. FEEDBACK
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
, Fisheries Program Officer for Montana Fish,
Wildlife, and Parks, regarding Story No. 3: POLITICS, SCIENCE OF NON-NATIVE
PREDATORS DISCUSSED in the Oct. 26-30 CBB: In reference to the conference
"Management Implications of Co-occurring Native and Introduced Fishes",
I'd like to address the comments by Ray Beamsdorfer of ODFW and David Bennett
of the University of Idaho.

Both Mr. Beamsdorfer and Dr. Bennett spoke of variation in predation
on salmon smolts related to flow ...
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