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HJM027....................................................by WAYS AND MEANS SALMON SURVIVAL EVALUATIONS - Stating findings of the Legislature and requesting that the United States government conduct salmon survival evaluations in the 2004 spill year, the goal of which should be to determine if it is possible to achieve the same or greater levels of survival and biological benefit to migrating fish as is currently achieved while reducing the amount of water spilled, thus decreasing the adverse impacts on the region's power supply. 03/18 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 03/19 Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg Rls susp - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Cuddy Title apvd - to Senate 03/19 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Res/Env 03/20 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord Rls susp - ADOPTED - voice vote Floor Sponsor - Brandt Title apvd - to House 03/22 To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed - Pres signed To Secretary of State
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 27 BY WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE 1 A JOINT MEMORIAL 2 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF 3 THE INTERIOR, TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED 4 STATES IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRE- 5 SENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. 6 We, your Memorialists, the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 7 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh 8 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that: 9 WHEREAS, the majority of energy required by the Pacific Northwest is pro- 10 duced by hydropower; and 11 WHEREAS, spill for fish should be managed according to the most biologi- 12 cally effective level at each hydro project; and 13 WHEREAS, spilling to the maximum gas supersaturation levels of one hundred 14 twenty percent may be increasing mortality at some dams when compared to what 15 would occur at lesser volumes of spill; and 16 WHEREAS, the difference in survival between spillway passage and other 17 passage methods may in some instances be minimal; and 18 WHEREAS, the maximum level of fish survival at each project may be differ- 19 ent from and not necessarily correlated with the most spill; and 20 WHEREAS, spill may have negative effects on returning adults; and 21 WHEREAS, there are few fish in the river system in July and August because 22 the majority of smolts are barged; and 23 WHEREAS, the 2000 Biological Opinion provides adequate latitude for spill 24 adjustments including spill reductions; and 25 WHEREAS, spillway passage for migrating salmon can also be the passage 26 method most costly to the regional power system, especially in years of low 27 water or high market prices for energy; and 28 WHEREAS, the Bonneville Power Administration has estimated the cost of 29 spill in the months of July and August by the Federal Columbia Power System to 30 be approximately 77 million dollars; and 31 WHEREAS, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council has called on the 32 federal government to conduct an evaluation of the biological effectiveness 33 and costs of spillway passage at each project. 34 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses- 35 sion of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and 36 the Senate concurring therein, that we request the United States government to 37 conduct salmon survival evaluations in the 2004 spill year, the goal of which 38 should be to determine if it is possible to achieve the same or greater levels 39 of survival and biological benefit to migrating fish as is currently achieved 40 while reducing the amount of water spilled, thus decreasing the adverse 41 impacts on the region's power supply. 42 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representa- 43 tives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this 44 Memorial to the President of the United States, to the Secretary of the United 2 1 States Department of Interior, to the President of the Senate and the Speaker 2 of the House of Representatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation 3 representing the State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14265 The purpose of this legislation is to support the Power and Conservation Council in their efforts to attain a better method of water management in the Columbia River Drainage system. Better management of water will provide for additional power generation while continuing to provide for reasonable fish passage that does not require excessive water use from the upper Columbia River drainage. FISCAL IMPACT No fiscal impact. Contact Name: Rep. Stevenson, Rep. Cuddy Phone: (208) 332-1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HJM 027