HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STREAM RESTORATION

& SPECIES RECOVERY

 

 

January 29, 2001   Hearing Room E

1:00 p.m.  Tapes 18 - 19

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Bob Jenson, Chair

Rep. Jan Lee, Vice-Chair

Rep. Randy Leonard Vice-Chair

Rep. Tim Knopp

Rep. Jeff Kruse

Rep. Patti Smith

Rep. Al King

Rep. Carolyn Tomei

Rep. Kelley Wirth

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Sandy Thiele-Cirka, Committee Administrator

Linda K. Gatto, Administrative Support

 

 

ISSUES HEARD:                    

                                                Oregon Plan Overview:

                                                   Save the Salmon Coalition

                                                   Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

                                                   Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservations

                                                   Oregon Water Resources Congress

                                                   Metro Regional Services

                                                   North West Sport-fishing Industry

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 18,  A

004

Chair Jenson

Calls the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m. as a subcommittee.  Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING – OREGON PLAN OVERVIEW

013

Valerie Johnson-Eves

Chair, Save the Salmon Coalition. Submits (EXHIBIT A) and summarizes. Notes the bias toward wild fish.

054

Johnson-Eves

Continues with testimony regarding the scientists that are not participating in salmon recovery.

100

Johnson-Eves

Continues reading testimony.

132

Johnson-Eves

Highlights the statements in (EXHIBIT B).

158

Johnson-Eves

Concludes there is no scientific evidence to support that hatchery fish are genetically different than wild fish.

173

Chair Jenson

Closes subcommittee and opens full committee.

179

Chair Jenson

Asks for a data-source on the numbers.

182

Johnson-Eves

Responds she will provide that information for committee.

185

Rep. King

Comments that all the facts are necessary for balanced view of the issue.

196

Johnson-Eves

Explains that the scientists coming before the committee on Friday will help provide a balanced view.

230

Louie Pitt, Jr.

Director of Government Affairs, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Gives an overhead presentation about the history of the Warm Springs tribes’ relationship with the United States and Oregon.

324

Pitt

Presents map of the land that was given to the United States though treaty rights.

400

Pitt

Talks about all the people and governments they have to work with.  Describes the Treaty of March 8, 1859. Discusses Measure 7 and the potential implications.

TAPE 19, A

022

Pitt

Discusses the lack of water in the Northwest will face in the coming year.

053

Audie Huber

Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Discusses provisions of Treaty of 1855. Discusses state’s role and the relationship between federal and tribal governments, (EXHIBIT C).

081

Huber

States that in the last 15 years since passage of the Umatilla Basin Act, they have worked together with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to fund hatcheries and salmon restoration in the Umatilla Basin.

113

Huber

Provides a history of salmon in the Umatilla Basin. Discusses the four-H’s hatchery, habitat, hydro-mitigation, and harvest. Explains that in 1995, four Columbia Basin treaty tribes, Yakima, Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Warm Springs authored “Spirit of the Salmon”, plan to help save salmon.

132

Huber

Reviews HB 3609 (1999) and the relationship with ODFW. Discusses the difference between hatchery and wild fish.  Concludes that the Oregon Plan needs to provide direction and also work with the tribes as co-managers.

172

Michael Mason

Representative for Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Expresses that the Oregon Plan is consistent with the 1855 treaties. Discusses issues related to Oregon Plan.

223

Mason

Addresses Stevens–Palmer Treaties of 1855 noting that Palmer recognized that tribes would not sign treaties without protection of the fishing rights.

250

Don Sampson

Executive Director, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. Representative of Warm Springs, Umatilla, Nez Perce, and Yakima tribes. Submits and presents a summary of prepared testimony     (EXHIBIT D).

358

Sampson

Outlines goals, explains that 1995 it was decided to achieve the goal of 5 million salmon in the next 25 years. Reviews relationship with the Northwest Power Planning Council (NWPPC).

TAPE 18, B

032

Sampson

Concludes that a sub-basin plan that describes the strategy, cost, and implementation time frame is needed.

053

Rep. Tomei

Questions if there is a concern about the fish being wild or hatchery.

058

Sampson

Answers that in each basin wild populations are assessed, and in cases where the populations are low, supplementation is considered.

065

Rep. King

Asks for an overview of when supplementation is used and how it increases populations. Expresses concern that wild populations may be overwhelmed by supplementation.

070

Sampson

Responds that the current idea is to evaluate the status of the populations, where the trend is going, and how long will it take. Addresses issues of viability of the population, inbreeding, and different views of hatcheries. Refers to the Yakima hatchery in Washington.

118

Sampson

Refers to prepared testimony regarding wild and hatchery fish noting that runs and genetics have not differed.

140

Kristina McNitt

Oregon Water Resources Congress. Reads testimony (EXHIBIT E).

225

Rod Park

Metro Regional Services. Reads testimony (EXHIBIT F).

356

Chair Jenson

Questions the relationship Metro has had with agencies and the Oregon Plan.

373

Park

Answers the plan previously did not provide an urban component, but with new legislation that has been remedied.

399

Rep. Tomei

Expresses support that Metro continues being pro-active toward salmon recovery.

TAPE 19, B

011

Phil Donovan

Northwest Sport Fishing Industry Association, Northwest Steelheaders and Oregon Guides & Packers Association. Reads (EXHIBIT G).

065

Bob Reese

Chair, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council and President of Tillamook Guides Association. States that the Oregon Plan holds all user groups responsible for the degradation that has occurred in the watersheds.

086

Rep. King

Asks why the fishing in Tillamook this year was poor.

093

Reese

Answers that wild Chinook runs have been depressed. Expresses concern that there is something wrong with the watershed health.

104

Rep. King

Notes that the fishing was good in the Columbia River and questions why the difference exists.

109

Reese

Explains that Columbia River has a strong hatchery influence and is not susceptible to many natural causes that impact the wild fish.

120

Rep. King

Clarifies that flooding helped Columbia River while it hurt Tillamook.

121

Reese

Concurs and clarifies further.

132

Chair Jenson

Closes informational meeting and adjourns meeting at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

Submitted By,                        Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Linda Gatto,                        Sandy Thiele-Cirka,

Administrative Assistant                        Committee Administrator

 

Transcribed By,

 

 

 

Michael Reiley,

Administrative Assistant

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Oregon Plan Overview, written testimony, Valerie Johnson-Eves, 7 pp.

B – Oregon Plan Overview, written testimony, Benjamin Stout, 7 pp.

C – Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Audie Huber, 16 pp.

D – Oregon Plan Overview, written materials, Don Sampson, 30 pp.

E – Oregon Plan Overview, written testimony, Kristina McNitt, 2 pp.

F – Oregon Plan Overview, various published materials, Rod Park, 37 pp.

G – Oregon Plan Overview, written testimony, Phil Donovan, 2 pp.