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NORTHWEST POWER PLANNING COUNCIL CONVENES FEDERAL, STATE AGENCIES, TRIBES AND UTILITIES TO REVIEW SALMON RECOVERY PROGRESS

 PORTLAND, Ore., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Northwest Power Planning Council:
 How are we doing so far?
 That's the theme for an all-day meeting, Monday, April 12, at the Portland Hilton when leaders from the region's Indian tribes, utilities, and federal and state agencies will gather for a Progress Review of the Northwest Power Planning Council's Strategy for Salmon. Twenty-seven organizations responsible for implementing different parts of the salmon recovery plan will attend.
 U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., will give the keynote address at 10 a.m.
 The council completed the Strategy for Salmon in September 1992. The comprehensive strategy called for more than 100 separate actions by different parties in the Columbia River Basin to improve the survival of diminishing salmon stocks in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
 The strategy included measures to reduce harvest and improve fish survival in the mainstem rivers, hatcheries and habitat. For example, part of the council's strategy emphasizes protection of wild salmon. The strategy requires several agencies to research the location and status of wild salmon, and develop specific policies to protect them. Last month, council staff reported this research to improve natural salmon production had not begun.
 "We need action in all these areas," said Ted Bottiger, a Washington state council member and vice chair of the council this year, who will chair the Progress Review. "The region already has implemented major portions of the strategy. Harvest has been substantially reduced and significantly more water is now stored to be used in the spring to flush young salmon down the river to the ocean. We want to hear about successes, but also about problems and barriers which are keeping agencies from being more successful."
 The Salmon Strategy calls for regular reviews of the salmon restoration work. This is the first such meeting. Bottiger said the council sees April 12 as a problem-solving session bringing together the people who can make the additional changes needed to rebuild the salmon runs.
 The meeting, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is open to the public. People can


call the council offices at 800-222-3355 to register.
 The Northwest Power Planning Council was created by Congress in 1980 to do long-term electric power planning for the Northwest, and to protect and mitigate the losses of fish and wildlife caused by the hydroelectric dams. The governors of Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington each appoint two representatives to the regional council.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Gist of the Northwest Power Planning Council, 503-222-5161 or 800-222-3355/


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