On November 19, 1992, the Council adopted its Response to Comments received in its Phase Three rulemaking, which considered measures to protect, mitigate, and enhance salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. The final amendments as adopted in Phase Three were published last month under the title "Strategy for Salmon," Volumes I and II.
The adoption of the Response to Comments concludes the Phase Three rulemaking. Notice of final action has been submitted to the Federal Register and will appear shortly. The Council expects to enter rulemaking in early 1993 on the Phase Four measures, which will deal with resident fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin.
The Response to Comments lists significant comments received by the Council in the course of the Phase Three rulemaking and describes the Council's response to these comments. The Response to Comments also lists each of the recommendations received in August 1991, when the Council called for such recommendations pursuant to section 4(h) of the Northwest Power Act, and describes how the Council has responded to these recommendations.