Tuesday, November 3, 2009

States and Tribes Sell out Snake River Salmon

Three States, Montana, Idaho and Washington as well as the Colville, Idaho Kootenai, Salish-Kootenai, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakima tribes all filed breifings October 23rd in support of the Obama Administrations "status quo" BiOp. That makes Oregon and The Nez Perce tribe (the tribe that is directly impacted by the Snake Dams) as the lone holdouts from the original legal challenge to the Bush 2008 BiOp which included. Each group stands to gain financially by complying with the flawed BiOp, including 750 million dollars which will go to the tribes for hatcheries and tributary habitat improvements. The State of Washington has also been pitifully complicit in the federal governments plan to further delay action on the Columbia/Snake and has provided zero leadership in demanding a biologically sound recovery plan. Check out the blog archives for lots more information on the BiOp.

In the Osprey Vol 60, Chairman Bill Redman reflects on the flawed BiOp and how the BPA and Feds were able to essentially bribe states and tribes into compliance (p.3):


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