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pag~ A MArch 22. :2OO1 Ci~ H~.rald / iiii:iiiii:iiiii !ilia! il ilil/ I : ji !i!i;ii/i i ' Water, water everywhere but is there enough for Cont' d from page 1 for electrical generation, barge and other fiver traffic and fish survival. The water rights and stream flows are a way for water users to go ahead and use water, she said. For about a decade, the issue of water fights has been tied up with fish survival. A number of salmon and at least one trout species have been listed as endangered, En- forcement of the Endangered Species Act is under the jurisdiction of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Saving fish has been a sometimes-conten- tious priority along the fiver, and the drought is not expected to help them. "As far as fish is concerned, it's going to be a very bad spring. And an even worse summer," said Brian Gorman, public affairs officer for the NMFS office in Seattle. But drought is changing things. Manage- ment of the fiver is governed by a biological opinion, which takes in all federal agencies; in a normal year, the hydro system is man- aged for "flood control, fish and hydro, in that order," Gorman said. But there is a provision for emergencies, and the second-worst mow- pack in 40 years is turning out to be an unite to Win. E. Vallance photo local orchardist to irrigate? emergency. "We're sort of in and out of that emergency as we go along," he said. In emergency years, the fwst emphasis is still on flood control, but hydropower generation takes precedence over ftsh enhancement. It is likely there will not be any spill- ing from dams along the lower Snake River, Gorman said, so the migrating fish will be loaded into barges and trucks and transported around the dams. Fisheries service officials don' to transport fish that way, so usually a maximum of about 60 percent of the fish are transported, This year at some locations it may be as much asg0 percent. In the past, the Bonneville Power Admin- istration could spill water through the dam, rather than use it for electrical generation, to help fish on their way to the sea. The lost electricity was replaced by purchases from outside the region. But not only is there not much water to spill this year, wholesale elec "One bad year doesn't mean the end of salmon in the region," - Brian Gorman, public affairs officer, NMFS trical rates have reached unprecedented lev- els. In 2001, "there is a genuine concern about (BPA) becoming insolvent before the end of the year," Gorman said. River management decisions are made by representatives of six federal agencies, in- cluding BPA and NFMS, but this year, con- trol is in the hands of a greater power than the U.S. government. "Basically, it has to do with how much rain and snow there are," Gorman said. "Most decisions are driven by events outside anyone's control." In addi- tion, fish biologists take the long view; they look at trends, rather than year to year results. "One bad year doesn' t mean the end of salmon in the region." The fisheries service issued some recovery plans last December. One of the ideas ex- pressed in that document, Gorman said, was that hydropower and mitigation along the fiver was only part of the recovery picture. Habitat enhancement, fish harvest practices and hatchery management also have an im- pact on fish survival; 2001 might be a good time to address some of the other factors, he said. There have been low water years be- fore; 1994 wasadrought year, although not as severe, Redfield-Wilder said. But people did not use the lessons learned then to prepare for the future. The con- ditions may make a dif- ference for the Wash- ington Legislature, which has been debat- ing water conservation and its effects on wa- ter rights for three or four years. The current law requires water to be used at least once every five years. At the end of that period, the rights to water that was not used could be taken away. The legislature has been debating changes to that law, which would, among other things, make conservation more attractive. Redfield-Wilder said changes may not happen this year, but there could be action next year. Farmworker Education ELLENSBURG, Wash.--ThreeWashing- industry leader Jim Matson of Selah, a May 1, 2001. Scholarship applications must ton tree fruit industry organizations are work- former Washington State senator and apple be postmarked by April 1,2001 at which time inginpartnershiptosupportfarrnworkeredu- commissioner, eligible students will also be considered for cation. The Washington Apple Education Selection of the winners will be made several other industry scholarships offered Foundation (WAEF) announced it will award by the foundation's industry education by the foundation. up to $15,000 in grants and scholarships this committee, chaired by Tonasket orchardist The WAEF is a 501 3 nonprofit organi- summer to support farmworker education. DianneThornton. Presentation of the awards zation established in 1994 to coordinate, pro- The funds are provided by profits from will be made at the Office of S uperinten- mote and develop educational opportunities theWashingtonAppleCommission'sgift dent of Public Instruction Migrant and onbehalfofWashington'streefruitindustry. shop in Wenatchee and the Washington Bilingual Education Program's annual For more information or to receive an appli- State Horticultural Association's annual banquet, August 9, 2001 at the Yakima cation, call (509) 925-2202, email golf tournament in chelan. The HortAs' Convention Center or visit online at sociation raised the funds in memory of Grant applications must be postmarked by l l Dogs will be allowed on leashes in the Pateros parks, following changes to the city's ordinance by the Pateros City Council. The problem, said Mayor Carol Mooney, was not so much the dogs as what they le.ft behind--and owners who would not dis- pose of it properly. But, Mooney said, the people who respected the prohibition against dogs will respect the restrictions, while people who didn't respect the original rules won't respect the new rules. In addition, city officials want to make the parks more attractive to passing tourists, she said. Al- lowing dogs in the park will mean people will be able to use the path under the rail- road bridge, rather than being forced to cross SR 97. The ordinance will allow dogs in the park, but they must be on leashes and owners must clean up any droppings. In other business at the regular council meeting Monday, March 19, Mooney an- nounced that the city's new, $1.5 million wastewater treatment plant is operational. A community day is being planned to show it off, she said, sometime during the spring. City maintenance supervisor Dale Parks said Depatlment of Ecology officials inspected the site recently, and will require some up- grades to the testing equipment. The up- grades will cost about $ I0,000, Mooney said. About $5,000 was included in the 2001 bud- get, Mooney said, but city officials will have to find the rest. Council members discussed a proposal to require a deposit for utility customers living in rental housing. Actually, a property owner requested that a late charge be waived; the renter had not paid the utility bill, which resulted in the late charge. (In Pateros, the utility bill is sent to the house's occupant, not the homeowner.) Joni Parks suggested a utility deposit for renters, which would reduce the chance of similar occurrences. But deputy city clerk Holly Shimmel said that would mean a lot more work for city clerical employees. Mooney suggested a further discussion at the April 16 meeting. Fire chief Ray Sandy warned that the drought conditions expected for this summer could mean a very short open burning season. Already, conditions resemble those usually found in June, he said. Brewster city council Cont' d from page 1 plied for and received a $10,000 grant from the Paul O. Allen Foundation. With the grants and donations received already, Shenyer said, there should be enough money to complete the project, if there are donations of volunteer labor. The room will be about 500 square feet and will be used for children's activities, including Storytime sessions and the summer reading program. City officials received a request to move the fire siren away from its current location on 4 Street. An arena is under construction in a vacant lot on 4= Street, directly under the siren. Employees were instructed to consult with fire chief Mike Webster to find a new location. S The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) will be providing "free" business counseling "by appointment" at the Omak Chamber of Commerce, located at 401 Omak Avenue. SCORE is a volunteer organization sponsored by Small Business Administration to provide business counseling to potential and existing business owner/operators. SCORE services are free and strictly confidential. Persons interested in meeting with a SCORE counselor about business problems or starting a business may call at the Omak Chamber of Commerce for an appointment. The telephone number is (509) 826-1880. SCORE is an Equal Opportunity Program without regard to race, color, religion, sex, martial status, national origin or handicap. 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