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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Not to mention fish screening and other activities affecting Sport Anglers!

Mitchell Act Funding
Problems and Consequences for ODFW

The federal administration’s proposed FY 2004 budget of Mitchell Act funding for the Columbia River Fisheries Development Program eliminates the mass marking program, the fish screening of irrigation diversions program, and further reduces hatchery releases of fish for recreational, commercial and treaty Indian salmon and steelhead fisheries.

The Mitchell Act was passed in 1938 to conserve the fishery resources of the Columbia River. This has included fish screening and hatchery production to mitigate primarily for lost salmon and steelhead production and habitat associated with the construction and operation of Columbia River hydropower projects.

The Mitchell Act budget has historically provided the major source of funding for fish protection screening of water withdrawal facilities for irrigation in the Columbia Basin. In Oregon these funds have funded the operation and maintenance of three shop facilities, 740 fish protection screens and 26 fish ladders. All of these fish protection screening facilities protect juvenile salmon and steelhead including ESA listed fish species in the Columbia River Basin.

In 1993 the Mitchell Act funded 9 ODFW operated fish production facilities which produced 31.7 million fish. Due to funding cuts in 1994 and level funding for the remainder of the ODFW facilities since then, ODFW now operates only 6 Mitchell Act funded hatcheries that produce 13 million fish for release into the Columbia River Basin.

Mass marking of Mitchell Act funded hatchery produced fish fuels selective fisheries, which are the mainstay of recreational fisheries offshore of Oregon and Washington and inside the Columbia River and its tributaries as well as commercial in-river spring chinook fisheries.

Proposed funding for 2004 is reduced, requiring program cuts at ODFW hatcheries, and making compliance with the ESA difficult. Not mass marking hatchery produced fish will substantially reduce selective fisheries, now the mainstay of salmon and steelhead recreational fishing in Oregon.

Operation and maintenance of fish screening facilities will end, leading to increased fish mortalities of Columbia River Basin fish. All wild, ESA listed fish and hatchery produced fish will suffer increased mortalities thereby reducing the run sizes of future returning adults for harvest and reproduction.

Reduced fish releases and increased fish mortalities will cause fisheries to be cut back affecting the economies of coastal communities, federal government default on tribal cultural and treaty trust responsibilities and impact the traditions and lifestyles of all citizens of Oregon and the west coast.

The Mass Marking line item needs to be reinstated at $1.1 M (Oregon’s portion is $0.25 M). The Columbia River Facilities (fish screening program) line item needs to be restored to $3.365 M (Oregon’s portion is $1.72 M) and the Hatcheries and Facilities line item needs to be increased to $ 13.0 M (Oregon’s portion is $5.0 M) to avoid cutting any existing programs.


Oregon Senators:
Gordon Smith, 404 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-3753 FAX: (202) 228-3997
Ron Wyden, 516 Hart Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-5244 FAX: (202) 228-2717

Oregon Congressional Representatives:
David Wu – 1st District, 1023 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-0855 FAX: (202)225-9497
Greg Walden – 2nd District, 1404 Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-6730 FAX: (202) 225-5774
Earl Blumenauer – 3rd District 2446 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-4811 FAX: (202) 225-8941
Peter DeFazio – 4th District, 2134 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-6416 or 1-800-944-9603 in Oregon FAX: (202) 225-0032
Darlene Hooley – 5th District, 2430 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-5711 FAX: (202) 225-5699

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·

Does this help, Lured in?

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I'm sure that we'd like to help. However, dummies like me need to know how to say it.

Can you help by writing a short paragraph on what to leave on their voice mail, or what to say, in plain english? Or do I just say what you wrote up there?

Sorry, brain dead today.


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Hit the quote vs. the edit button and duplicated the WA rep list.


[ 09-29-2003, 11:35 AM: Message edited by: BrionLutz ]

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It's just the start of it....

gotta pay for the tax cuts and the war on Iraq somehow.

anyone notice the article in the Sunday Oregonian about the depletion of the National Park system?

Dems, Independents, and Rep's alike should be disgusted over these things!!

My .02


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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Possible Sample:

Ref. Mitchell Act Funding 2004 - State of Oregon

Honorable Senator ------,

As an avid sport angler (and/or an individual whose family depends on healthy fish runs for its economic support), I am writing to ask for your support in restoring Mitchell Act Funding to the 2004 budget.

As you know, this fund was implemented long ago in response to our dwindling fish runs due to other resource interests on the Columbia River System.

It is imperative to the economic well being of our state that access to hatchery fish remain viable and that habitat restoration projects are allowed to continue to benefit our fisheries.

Both of these areas of resource managment will suffer greatly without the support of Mitchell Act Fundng.

Thank you for you consideration.

Seemore Fish
1234 Finclip Blvd.
Fish Screen City, Oregon

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This affects Washington folks also and here are those Federal representatives.

Probably wouldn't hurt to communicate with the White House since the Office of Management and Budget is where this budget cut originates. We have an election coming up in 2004 and Washington and Oregon are key states.

Referencing recent Field and Stream editorial about hunters and fisherman paying more attention to policies that actually benefit them vs. party lines wouldn't hurt either.

Field and Stream Editorial on Voting Smart.


717 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Internet: cantwell.senate.gov
E-Mail: cantwell.senate.gov/mailform.html
Tel 202/224-3441
Fax 202/228-0514

Washington State Offices

915 Second Avenue, Suite 512
Seattle 98174
Tel 206/220-6400
Fax 206/220-6404
697 U.S. Courthouse
W. 920 Riverside Ave.
Spokane 99201
Tel 509/353-2507
Fax 509/353-2547

PATTY MURRAY (D - Seattle)

173 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Internet: murray.senate.gov
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel 202/224-2621
Fax 202/224-0238

Washington State Offices

2988 Jackson Federal Bldg.,
915 2nd Ave.
Seattle 98174
Tel 206/553-5545
Fax 206/553-0891
2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 903
Everett 98201
Tel 425/259-6515
Fax 425/259-7152

601 W. Main Avenue, Suite 1213
Spokane 99201
Tel 509/624-9515
Fax 509/624-9561 140 Federal Office Bldg.
500 W 12th
Vancouver 98660
Tel 360/696-7797
Fax 360/696-7798

402 E. Yakima Ave, Suite 390
Yakima 98901
Tel 509/453-7462
Fax 509/453-7731

JAY INSLEE (D - Bainbridge Island)

308 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/inslee/
Tel 202/225-6311

District Offices

21905 64th Ave W., Suite 101
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Tel 425/640-0233
17791 Fjord Dr. NE, Door 112
Poulsbo, WA
98370 Tel 360/598-2342


1529 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2605
Fax: (202) 225-4420

District Offices

2930 Wetmore Ave, Ste. 9E
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 252-3188
Fax: (425) 252-6606
104 W. Magnolia, Room 303
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 733-4500
Fax: (360) 733-5144

BRIAN BAIRD (D - Olympia)

1721 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/baird/
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel 202/225-3536
Fax 202/225-3478

District Offices

606 Columbia St., NW
Suite 220
Olympia, WA 98501
Tel 360/352-9768
Fax 360/352-9241
1220 Main Street, Suite 360
Vancouver, WA 98660
Tel 360/695-6292
Fax 360/695-6197


1323 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/hastings/
Tel 202/225-5816
Fax 202/225-3251

District Offices

302 E Chestnut
Yakima 98901
Tel 509/452-3243
Fax 509/452-3438
2715 St. Andrews Loop, Suite D
Pasco, WA 99301
Tel 509/543-9396
Fax 509/545-1972


1527 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/nethercutt/
E-Mail: http://www.house.gov/nethercutt/contact/get_address.html
Tel 202/225-2006
Fax 202/225-3392

District Offices

594 U.S. Courthouse
West 920 Riverside Ave.
Spokane 99201
Tel 509/353-2374
Fax 509/353-2412

20 N. Pines, Suite #24
Spokane Valley 99206
Tel 509/924-7775
Fax 509/924-7671
29 S. Palouse
Walla Walla 99362
Tel 509/529-9358
Fax 509/529-9379

555 S. Main St
Colville 99114
Tel 509/684-3481
Fax 509/684-3482

NORM DICKS (D - Tacoma)

2467 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/dicks/
Tel 202/225-5916
Fax 202/226-1176

District Offices

1717 Pacific Ave. S., Suite 2244
Tacoma 98402
Tel 253/593-6536
Fax 253/593-6551
500 Pacific Ave., Ste 301
Bremerton 98337
Tel 360/479-4011

JIM McDERMOTT (D - Seattle)

1035 Longworth House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/mcdermott/
Tel 202/225-3106
Fax 202/225-6197

District Office

Tower Bldg., Suite 1212
1809 7th Ave.
Seattle 98101-1399
Tel 206/553-7170
Fax 206/553-7175

JENNIFER DUNN (R - Bellevue)

432 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/dunn/
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel 202/225-7761
Fax 202/225-8673

District Office

2737 78th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Tel 206/275-3438
Fax 206/275-3437

ADAM SMITH (D - Federal Way)

227 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Internet: www.house.gov/adamsmith/
E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel 202/225-8901
Fax 202/225-5893

District Office

1717 Pacific Ave., Suite 2135
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tel 253/593-6600
Fax 253/593-6776

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Dear smart people:



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While Straydogs outline is great and to the point, I feel as though something is missing.

Is it not important to add that aside from human interests (which seem to be the root of the problems to begin with) that a species of fish, no, SEVERAL species of fish are in imminent danger of extinction? Oh wait, the reps already know this right? :hoboy: Could this proposal to scrub funding have been concieved in part by the recent, very possitive "biologists" numbers of fish returns? I have to wonder what it all means when you consider that the likelyhood of ulterior motives and backhand deals going on in our legislature likely play a role.

When I lived in Reedsport, I met a man whos father WALKED from roseburg to reedsport and settled on some land, walked back a dozen times for deed to the land. Anyway, he told me a story that I thought was intended to be a joke, until his wife confirmed it.

Farmers once got federal dollars to place "cattle guards" in the newly built roadways to prevent cattle from crossing into roads and hiways. After all, most farms were there first (before all these roads were), and who would expect a farmer to have to rebuild thier fences, or build any at all when a hiway gets ripped through thier farm?

So one day a man reprisenting the USDA appeared in Oregon and commisioned a count of all cattle guards in the state. When his report was complete, a reply from Washington came...it read "With regret, we are forced to eliminate 75% of these "cattle guard" possitions due to budget constraints"
Thus 3400 Oregon "Cattle guards" were officially layed off!


What does it take for a society to step up for a cause that warrants sacrifice? Our leaders sacrifice human lives to put an end to a totalatarian regime on the other side of the world that is now being viewed as a simple plan to keep the US from economic collapse after the terrorist attacks... Whats next? will the salmon numbers be so reduced that Japan pays $5000 a pound for one before the Government gets involved and imposes an export ban and an open season on seals to save the last known salmon?

The trickle-down of political and corporate interests is absurd because theres no finger of blame to point. The wildly applauded CR dam engineers of yesteryear would be ashamed of themselves and likely the target of both environmentalists AND the people who kill a salmon for whatever reason.
If theres not one person or establishment to blame, the responsibility will never rest on one person or establishments shoulders to be held accountable...so the decision to cut resources for salmon habitat goes without consequence to everything, and every one but the fish.

PATHETIC!!! I am ashamed to admit I am an American and aside from our "freedom" (to put our own interests first without regard to our fellow men, environment and our natural resources) I'd tell anyone whos looking for the "american dream" to be prepared to backstab, destroy, and WASTE to get it... Our gov will even back you in your efforts.

If you cant tell, I am ripping mad about the cuts.

I'd like to go fishing to cool off, but I'd likely feel worse if I kill a fish!

[ 09-29-2003, 03:00 PM: Message edited by: Row Vs. Wade ]

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Lured in,

I'm sorry but no, I don't have the info. you are looking for handy and until hunting season opens I don't have any spare time to look.

If you were to do a google search of Mitchell Act Funding I am sure you would come up with some good leads.

I do know that some of the money is appropriated through the ODFW Fish Screening Task Force but how they determine how much we get I don't know.

[ 09-29-2003, 09:33 PM: Message edited by: Straydog ]

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Thanks Straydog for the alert, background info, and sample language.

To my letters I'm adding a "P.S." to the effect of -

"... you might remind the Administration that the President was recently on the upper Columbia, in Washington, touting his committment to the region's salmon. Remember?"


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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
OOhh........ good point Gary!

Thanks for helping out!

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Straydog...thanks for good info. :grin:

Can you post a link that goes into more detail about how the Mitchell Act is administered and how the funds are allocated? (ex: who makes the decisions on how the fund are used).

Any other source info you can provide would be appreciated.

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Representative Dicks from Olympia, Wa. sponsored a bill that passed the House and was signed into law by the president in the 1st part of March of this year. Basically, it states " Any hatchery, Federal, State or otherwise, that receives any federal money will fin clip all of their releases". Since this a Federal law, I don't see how they can not clip. The bill stated Fderal money would be available to do the clipping.
Hopefully this bill will take care of the problem. However, DON'T give up on letting our politicians know our feelings on this issue.
Tom AKA "Rubber Hooks"
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