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NW Fishletter
NWF.321/August 22, 2013
Analysis: Random Thoughts On The Salmon Recovery Bubble
All is well inside the Columbia Basin's salmon recovery bubble. Most fish runs are above average, hatchery runs aren't hurting wild stocks, smolts are barely stopped by the dams in their way, and thousands of acres have been rehabbed for future finny inhabitants. ...more
Council Recommends Few Changes In BPA's Fish Tag Costs
After a special forum spent more than a year studying the costs of fish tagging programs in the Columbia Basin, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council has voted 6-2 to keep most of those programs in place, including BPA's $7.5 million annual contribution to the coded-wire tag program, which has been under intense scrutiny for months. Only Idaho's two members dissented. ...more
Fall Chinook Run Off To Great Start
Fishing has been so good at the mouth of the Columbia that managers will rein in the sporties on Aug. 24 to keep them fishing through the Labor Day weekend. On the 24th, the recreational fleet will only allowed to retain hatchery Chinook, because managers expect the fleet to reach its 20,000-fish allocation on upriver Chinook by then. By Aug. 19, the sport sector had landed about 13,300 fish. With a hatchery-fish only policy, the fleet could keep fishing through Sept. 30. ...more
U.S. Entity To Withhold Some Treaty Technical Info
The U.S. Entity overseeing preparation of the Regional Recommendation on the future of the Columbia River Treaty told stakeholders this week it will not release certain "supporting deliberative documentation," including technical appendices prepared in connection with the Recommendation. ...more
Analysis: Columbia River Treaty Future Stirs Conflicts--And Possibilities
Northwest consensus on a recommended future for the Columbia River Treaty appears distant, although possibly reachable. The U.S. Entity's working draft recommendations for this landmark U.S.-Canada treaty have already generated plenty of discord, even ahead of the Aug. 16 comment deadline. ...more
Corps Postpones Lower Snake Dredging Until Next Year
The Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District says a logjam of paperwork will keep it from removing sediment from the lower Snake River until the winter of 2014 at the earliest, a year later than planned. The backlog will also keep the agency from completing its EIS on its sediment management plan until next year, the Corps said in an August 16 statement. ...more
Mainzer OKs Power, Transmission Hikes
BPA finalized the WP-14 power and transmission rate case Record of Decision July 24. According to a BPA press release, the ROD implements a 9-percent average wholesale power rate increase for both Slice and non-Slice customers, and an 11-percent average transmission rate increase for the two-year rate period beginning Oct. 1, 2013. It's the first transmission increase in six years. ...more

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