FY 2007 Progress Report for Upper Columbia United Tribes' Regional Coordination. Page: 2 of 3
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This report is a summary of activities conducted over the fiscal year 2007 contract period
to fulfill requirements to coordinate Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) interests
within the Columbia River Basin. This coordination was specific to the implementation
of portions of the Integrated Fish and Wildlife Program within the purview of the
Northwest Power and Conservation Council and Bonneville Power Administration.
Summary of Activities:
A) Participation in regional Fish and Wildlife Program-related activities:
The UCUT participated in many regularly-scheduled and ad hoc meetings
relating to water, fish, wildlife and other natural and cultural resources of
the Columbia River Basin, including meetings with the Columbia Basin
Fish & Wildlife Authority (CBFWA), Bonneville Power Administration
(BPA) and the Northwest Power & Conservation Council (NPCC). The
UCUT staff tracked and reported back to the member Tribes on issues of
interest to them. Developed and conveyed Tribes' positions on issues as
their representative in meetings.
Wildlife issues were focused in two areas: the wildlife O&M review by
the IEAB and Program amendment recommendations.
Resident Fish issues were focused in two areas: non-native fish review by
the ISAB and Program amendment recommendations.
B) Collaborate and report on evolving definition of Regional Coordination:
UCUT staff participated in meetings to discuss, describe and define
regional coordination. In February of 2008, the definition had broad
support and concurrence from Fish and Wildlife Managers in the Basin.
However, these meetings were unable to make specific funding
recommendations to the NPCC and BPA as there were two points of view.
One had the UCUT technical staff making a funding recommendation
consistent with the definitions that dispersed funding equally to each fish
and wildlife manager, allowing them to make explicit decisions regarding
how each entities funding was to be used. The other point of view was that
the region's Fish and Wildlife Managers required needs based budgeting
that exceeded NPCC and BPA agreed upon limits. The UCUT has
submitted a request to BPA to enter into government-to-government
negotiations to reach a more equitable solution to the NPCC
recommendation. Our future direction is to support the regional
coordination definition as agreed upon through this process. We will
submit it as a Program amendment recommendation along with a
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Michel, D.R. FY 2007 Progress Report for Upper Columbia United Tribes' Regional Coordination., report, December 15, 2008; Portland, Oregon. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc934543/m1/2/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.