Committee Meetings and Council Meeting

June 8 - 9, 2010    See meeting notes

Doubletree Hotel Missoula Edgewater 100 Madison
Missoula, MT

Tuesday, June 8

Fish and Wildlife Committee – 8:30am – Blackfoot Room

  • Project Reviews (Fritsch)
    • Bi-Op Project 2008-719-00, Research Non-Indigenous Actions  (tentative)
    • Accord Project 2008-508-00, Power Analysis  Catch Sampling Rates (tentative)
  • Deferred  first quarter with-in year project funding request:
    Project 2007-127-00, East Fork of South Fork Salmon River Passage Restoration (tentative)
  • Summary of public and ISRP/ISAB Comments Received on the Draft MERR Plan (Leonard)
  • Status update on RM&E and Artificial Production reviews (Palensky)

Power Committee – 8:30am – Bitterroot Room

  • RTF Role and Function (430k PDF) (Eckman, Grist)
  • Transmission planning and implementation update (700k PDF) (Gibson)
  • Contributions (80k PDF) to carbon reduction (Morlan)
  • Status report (200k PDF) on energy prices (Morlan)
  • Discussion (60k PDF) of possible issues of Bonneville’s Integrated Program Review (Hirotsu, Grist)
  • Discussion (420k PDF) of support for codes and standards work (Eckman)

Council Meeting – 1pm – Blackfoot Room


1 - 1:45pm

Presentation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Bull Trout recovery:  Ted Koch, USFWS Bull Trout Coordinator; and Dan Brewer, USFWS biologist.

(40k PDF)

1:45 - 2pm

Remarks by Steve Doherty, Senior Northwest Advisor to Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar.


Council tour of bull trout habitat – 2pm

Wednesday, June 9

(Continuation of Council Meeting – 8:30am – Blackfoot Room)


8:30 - 8:45am

Reports from Fish and Wildlife, Power and Public Affairs committee chairs:  Bill Booth, chair, fish and wildlife committee; Tom Karier, chair, power committee; and Rhonda Whiting, chair, public affairs committee.


8:45 - 9:15am

Briefing on Regional Technical Forum role and function:  Tom Eckman, conservation resources manager; and Charlie Grist, senior analyst.

(440k PDF)

9:15 - 9:45am

Update on Bonneville’s Integrated Program Review: Greg Delwiche, BPA's Senior Vice President of Environment, Fish and Wildlife, will discuss the latest budget planning information from BPA's Integrated Program Review Process.

(160k PDFadded 6/9)

9:45 - 10:15am

Remarks by Bill Drummond, Manager, Western Montana Electric G&T Cooperative, Inc.

(60k PDF)


10:15 - 10:30am

Public hearing on the Bitterroot Subbasin Plan



10:30 - 10:45am



10:45 -


Presentation by Idaho National Laboratory:  Phil Sharpe (4mb PDF added 6/9), manager thermal sciences and safety analysis department;Richard Rankin (1mb PDF added 6/9), program director for integrated environmental science and technology business line; and Jennifer Jorge, manager, environmental stewardship & water management, Idaho National Laboratory.

(120k PDF)

11:30am - Noon

Update on status of supplemental Biological Opinion:  Ritchie Graves, NOAA Fisheries, Sarah McNary, Bonneville Power Administration, Rock Peters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kate Puckett, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will update the Council on the recently released Supplemental Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion. The supplement incorporated the Adaptive Management Implementation Program (AMIP) and some other new elements to the 2008 FCRPS Biological Opinion. The presenters will discuss how the AMIP was included and additional changes to the BiOp.

(100k PDFadded 6/9)

Noon - 12:15pm


Council decision on deferred first quarter with-in year project funding request:  Mark Fritsch, manager, project implementation.

  • Project #2007-127-00, East Fork of South Fork Salmon River Passage Restoration
(60k PDF)

12:15 - 12:30pm

Summary of public and ISRP/ISAB comments received on the Draft MERR Plan:  Nancy Leonard, fish, wildlife and ecosystem monitoring and evaluation manager.

(60k PDF)


Council Business:

  • Approval of minutes
  • Council approval to release draft fish and wildlife spending report for public comment
  • Public comment on draft FY 2012 and revised FY 2011 Council budget (Council document 2010-07)

The times listed for specific agenda items, and the order of those items, are approximate and are subject to change.  Public comment will be taken after each agenda item as time allows.

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