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Latest CBB News > Archives > Dec 3, 1999
Dec 3, 1999

1. TRIBES, ENVIRONMENTALISTS SLAM DREDGING EIS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and three environmental
groups at a Nov. 22 press conference criticized the environmental impact
statement (EIS) prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the proposed
Columbia and lower Willamette Rivers channel deepening project.
The tribes are in opposition to the proposed dredging project, particularly
in light of the salmon listings, said Donald Sampson, executive director
of CRITFC. Sampson identified four likely ...
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2. TRIBES SEEK CONSULTATIONS ON CHANNEL DEEPENING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Northwest tribes this week suggested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
start again in its environmental report on the effects of deepening 105
miles of the Columbia River and Willamette River shipping channel. At the
same time, it offered a timeline to the National Marine Fisheries Service
for formal consultation that could delay NMFS biological opinion of the
projects effects on endangered salmon.
In letters this week to the Corps and NMFS about the proposed project,
Don Sampson, ...
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2) A technical assessment and review of the information. This, Sampson
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
says, could take a week. Read More...  

3) A policy assessment will take an additional week.
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
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4) A policy consultation. Once the Commission has had an opportunity
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
to review the policy assessment, we would like to arrange a meeting among
you, the Portland District (Corps) and the Commission to attempt to reach
a consensus on the terms of the Final Biological Opinion.
While I believe this process may take more than one or two weeks to
complete, the potential impact upon treaty trust resources make it imperative
that we carefully shepherd our time and resources to reach agreement on
the impact of the proposed project upon listed species, its ...
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3. ESTUARY GROUPS COMMENT ON CHANNEL DREDGING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers choice to deepen 105 miles of the
Columbia and Willamette rivers and dump much of the dredged spoils either
in the estuary or offshore over productive crab beds is the most environmentally
damaging alternative the Corps could have chosen and it will set back salmon
recovery efforts, according to a council of governments in the Columbia
River estuary.
The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce, which represents lower Columbia
River governments in both ...
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4. IDAHO WATER USERS TAKE ON FLOW AUG
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Water users in Idaho say the evidence connecting stream flow and salmon
smolt survival is so tenuous it doesnt justify augmenting natural flows
with water from the upper Snake River.
The Committee of Nine and the Idaho Water Users Association took up
the issue in their comments on a National Marine Fisheries Service white
paper that supports the idea that additional river flows will help Snake
River salmon runs. The two groups said they found the white paper, Salmonid
Travel Time and ...
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5. GORTON, SMITH ASSURE IRRIGATORS ON BREACHING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Two Northwest senators, adamant and inflexible opponents of dam breaching,
assured irrigators Nov. 23 that they will make a stand together against
any national affront to the magnificent and prosperous society that hydropower
has created in the Columbia Basin.
Flexing their political muscle, Sens. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and Gordon
Smith, R-Ore., said any authorization for dam removal would have to first
get through subcommittees they chair.
To take them (dams) out, they gotta take us ...
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6. MITCHELL ACT CUTS REDUCES HATCHERY PRODUCTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A reduction in the congressional appropriation for Mitchell Act activities
has prompted quick action from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
which on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of one hatchery and reduced
fish production at other facilities.
Recently concluded budget negotiations resulted in a Mitchell Act appropriation
of $15.43 million or $2.645 million less than was available in fiscal year
1999, according to R.Z. Smith of the National Marine Fisheries ...
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7. ELECTRONIC FISH TO TEST TURBINE FORCES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
An electronics-packed, rubber-coated juvenile salmon is helping scientists
determine the impact hydroelectric turbines at Bonneville Dam have on the
real thing as they move downstream toward the ocean.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists developed the bionic
prototype fish in an effort to measure the forces a juvenile salmon encounters
during its passage through a turbine. Called a Sensor Fish, microsensors
installed in the fish measure and store information about the ...
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8. F&W MANAGERS EYE UNSPENT MOA FUNDS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
State and tribal fish and wildlife managers on Wednesday urged their
federal counterparts to take the lead in assuring that budget commitments
made in a 1996-2001 federal fish funding "memorandum of agreement" are
paid in full during that time period.
Members of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority were briefed
this week on issues that plague an "MOA work group" formed to try resolve
spending issues. Chief among those issues is the desire of state, federal
and tribal fish ...
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9. COUNCIL, CBFWA FOCUS ON SUBBASIN PLANS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Columbia Basin fish and wildlife managers, and those who help allocate
the money on which recovery efforts depend, exchanged views Wednesday on
how to best make the shift to a program focused on subbasin planning.
The Northwest Power Planning Council wants to lead the transition by
creating -- through its direct program amendment process -- a structure
to judge "broader, more long-term" benefits of fish and wildlife recovery
proposals, according to Bob Lohn, the NPPC's fish and ...
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10. STATE, TRIBES BUILD FLATHEAD LAKE STRATEGY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The state and the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes have a game plan
to develop a long-term management strategy for Flathead Lake.
The process, developed after months of research and negotiations, identifies
goals and a step-by-step approach to developing a co-management plan for
the lake.
A first step in the process involves appointment of an "advisory committee"
made up of citizens interested in Flathead Lake and its fisheries.
The committee will be charged with developing 3-5 ...
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11. CRA WANTS DELAY IN RELEASE OF LOWER SNAKE STUDY
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A Columbia River users group is trying to enlist the aid of the Northwest
congressional delegation to stall the release of a study expected to describe
the pros and cons of dam breaching compared to other means of improving
salmon passage down through four Lower Snake River hydroelectric dams.
Columbia River Alliance Executive Director Bruce Lovelin calls the draft
Lower Snake River feasibility study biased and says that Corps of Engineers
would be doing river interests and others a ...
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