Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tribes and Oregon Upset at being Left out of Columbia Negotiations

With the Obama administration set to make a decision as to whether to accept, reject or modify the 2008 BiOp on the Columbia some groups feel that they're being left out of the negotiations. The State of Oregon, environmental groups and the Nez Perce tribe have been the last holdouts from litigation over the 2008 BiOp claiming that the plan was illegal and failed to adequately address the issues leading to the decline of wild salmon in the Columbia systems. Now those groups are being left out of the negotiation process over what to do about the Columbia and the BiOp, raising fears that the Obama administration will abandon its promise to make decisions based on sound science and make only token changes to the current plan. It is critical that we act now and remove the Snake Dams before the wild salmon in the drainage slide further. See the full coverage in the Oregonian.


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