The "federal family" has charted a course that could produce
the promised "1999 Decision" in the form of a National Marine
Fisheries Service biological opinion in the late winter-early spring of
2000, according to a NMFS official.
The exact shape and scope of the decision is still under discussion
within a federal caucus but the process will produce at "bare minimum"
a decision on operation and/or modification of four Lower Snake River dams,