Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Some interesting websites regarding the Columbia

Free the White Salmon River. With Condit dam scheduled to come down later this year, hopes are that Steelhead, Coho and Chinook will be able to quickly recover strong wild populations. With relatively high quality habitat above the dam and only one mainstem dam for the fish to migrate past the future looks bright for the White Salmon.


Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. Member tribes are the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama. They agreed to drop their lawsuit demanding Snake River dam removal in exchange for over 1 billion dollars in "restoration" funds. Detailed reports on their website provide some insight into how they will go about using the money they get from the BPA and others.


Salmon Recovery.gov outlines the federal governments position on the columbia including Biological Opinion documents which set the stage for all the restoration activities in the coming years. The current BioP has been repeatedly rejected as inadequate under the ESA, we will see what the new administration changes, if anything.


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