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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL: SNAKE RIVER SALMON RUNS

 BOISE, Idaho, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Saxvik, Idaho member of the Northwest Power Planning Council, said today the Corps of Engineers proposal to conduct a biological test of the effects of reservoir drawdowns on juvenile salmon is consistent with the council's comprehensive program to rebuild Snake River salmon runs. The test is scheduled to take place during the 1994 spring migration season at Lower Granite Reservoir, located in Almota, Wash.
 Saxvik, who chairs the council's drawdown committee, said the test will improve knowledge about the impact of drawdowns on salmon and help the council determine whether to go ahead with future, annual drawdowns.
 "We need biological information about the effect of drawdowns on improving juvenile salmon survival," Saxvik said. "This test puts us one more step on the presumptive path to one-pool reservoir drawdowns -- we already know the structural results -- and this will give us the biological results."
 The council's Strategy for Salmon, which it approved last September, calls for implementing a drawdown strategy for four lower Snake River dams beginning in 1995, unless drawdowns are shown to be biologically or economically imprudent, structurally infeasible or inconsistent with the Northwest Power Act of 1980. Drawdowns are among a number of measures in the council's salmon strategy that aim to improve river conditions for salmon.
 The salmon strategy also calls for improvements in salmon habitat, hatchery practices, dam operations and harvest seasons.
 The council is an agency of the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana, and is charged by the Northwest Power Act of 1980 with preparing a long-range, regional electric energy plan and a program to protect and enhance fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin.
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 /CONTACT: Maridee Buersmeyer, Boise, 208-334-2956, or Linda Gist, Portland, Ore., 800-222-3355, both of the Northwest Power Planning Council/


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