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Latest CBB News > Archives > Dec 14, 1998
Dec 14, 1998

1. NO SIGNING YET FOR NEW GOVERNANCE FORUM
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Once again, the day on which regional participants were to have
signed a memorandum of agreement that would officially establish the Columbia
River Basin Forum came and went without ceremony.

 Although the first scheduled signing date was in mid-November,
then put off until this Wednesday (Dec. 16), representatives of states,
federal agencies and Basin tribes vowed that Jan. 29, 1999, would be the
drop-dead date for signing the MOA.

 Oregon and Washington, all nine ...
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2. REACTIONS MIXED TO PATHS PROGRESS REPORT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 After three years of intensive effort, has the scientific group
working on the Plan for Analyzing and Testing Hypotheses (PATH) helped
the region along toward consensus on salmon recovery?

 PATH facilitator David Marmorek summarized the groups Fiscal
Year 1998 report twice this month -- first at a Dec. 10 meeting of the
National Marine Fisheries Services multi-agency Implementation Team, and
to a larger group Wednesday (Dec. 16) at the Northwest Power Planning ...
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3. DISAGREEMENTS ARISE OVER PATHS FUTURE COURSE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 What is the next step for PATH? What should the scientific group
spend its time and resources on in the first quarter of 1999?

 A subgroup of the 25 to 30 federal, tribal, state, and independent
scientists the PATH planning group asked the National Marine Fisheries
Services multi-agency Implementation Team for guidance on FY 1999 priorities.

 Agreement on the top priority was reached at the Dec. 10 IT meeting:
The IT wants PATH to complete its analyses of the ...
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4. FISH MASS MARKING MACHINE MAKES DEBUT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Fishery managers are hoping a new, high-tech process for fish
marking will serve the dual purpose of aiding the recovery of Oregons
Willamette River Basin wild spring chinook salmon and allowing economy-boosting
sport fisheries.

 That new computerized process, which can insert coded wire tags
in and clip the adipose fins of 50,000 fish during an eight-hour human
work shift, appears ready for use. The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife, which owns the prototype ...
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5. FRAMEWORK PROCESS SCHEDULE TIGHTENS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 The pressure to produce was felt anew Monday as those involved
in the multi-species framework development process struggled to identify
the targets that would be subjected to scientific scrutiny.

 The framework process was initiated by the Northwest Power Planning
Council this past summer to produce ecological and economic analyses of
potential strategies for restoring Columbia Basin fish and wildlife stocks.

 A variety of Basin stakeholders, both public and ...
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6. FEDS AIM FOR COORDINATED PLAN FOR GAS ABATEMENT
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Federal hydropower operating agencies are working to coordinate
total dissolved gas (TDG) reduction efforts at Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph
dams.

 Representatives of Bonneville Power Administration, the Army Corps
of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation met last Thursday (Dec. 10)
and again this Monday (Dec. 14) to discuss a coordinated evaluation of
potential structural and operational changes that would reduce TDG generated
by spill.

 The National Marine ...
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7. GORTON SAYS REGION NEEDS COHERENT VIEWS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Congress might be willing to loosen the federal governments grip
on how decisions are made regarding the many uses of the Columbia River.
But any drive to achieve regional empowerment must come from within the
region, Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Washington, said Wednesday (Dec. 16).

 Gorton was participating in the fifth Pacific Northwest Public
Affairs Conference at Portland State University. The conference focus was
At-Risk Economy, At-Risk-Environment: The Pacific Northwest ...
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8. BPAS ROBERTSON, EPAS CLARKE EYE SOLUTIONS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Two of the federal governments top regionally based officials
stressed the need Wednesday for unified plans, one for restoration of
fish and wildlife stocks and the other to bring focus to agencies engaged
in related federal tasks in the region.

 Charles Clarke, administrator of the Environmental Protection
Agencys Region 10, and Jack Robertson, deputy administrator for the Bonneville
Power Administration, were asked to address a common theme -- Federal
Coordination: ...
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9. SAMPSON SAYS LEARN FROM UMATILLA SUCCESSES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Proven salmon restoration methods exist.

 All thats needed is the leadership and creativity to adapt
them to the broader scale that is the Columbia-Snake river system and build
the consensus to implement the plan, according to Donald Sampson.

 Sampson explained his theory during a luncheon presentation at
the fifth Pacific Northwest Public Affairs Conference held Wednesday at
Portland State University. At-Risk Economy, At-Risk Environment was sponsored
by ...
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10. MONTANA POWER FIGHTS RETRO MITIGATION COSTS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
 Trout Unlimited has jumped in the ring as Montana Power Co. continues
to fight a requirement to pay a retroactive $15.6 million for environmental
damage caused by Kerr Dam on Flathead Lake.

 Trout Unlimited's West Slope Chapter contends the power company
is trying to shirk an obligation required by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission as part of the dam's 1997 re-licensing.

 Trout Unlimited has formally intervened in legal proceedings initiated
in federal court ...
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