Thursday, October 1, 2009

Feds Release Steelhead Recovery Plan on Columbia


The federal governments fish management agency NOAA has released a plan to recover steelhead in the Columbia Basin. Among their planning recovery actions are efforts to improve habitat, reform hatcheries and minimize predation, the plan will cost about 1 billion dollars in total. NOAA believes the middle Columbia ESU, essentially the Wind River up to the Yakima river is the closest to recovery. Like the 2008 BiOp, the plan fails to address the most fundemental impediment to steelhead recovery in the Columbia Basin...the dams. See an article about the plan in the Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/10/noaa_releases_recovery_plan_fo.html

A link to the recovery plan and other documents at NOAAs website
http://www.nwr.noaa.gov/Salmon-Recovery-Planning/Recovery-Domains/Interior-Columbia/Mid-Columbia/Mid-Col-Plan.cfm

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