Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Columbia River Science Under Represented in BiOp

When the Obama administration took office they promised to give science its rightful place in American policy making. After 8 years of politically motivated policy on the Columbia and Snake by the Bush administration, salmon advocates were hopeful that under new leadership there would science driven changes to the Columbia hydro system. Now NOAA and the Obama administration have submitted and ardently defended a BiOp with few changes from the original Bush plan, and NOAA has refused up to now to release the scientific reports which guided their decision making process. Without peer review, and public scrutiny science simply doesn't fly. An interesting post on Save Our Wild Salmon's blog this week covering the science and decision making process on the Snake and Columbia systems.

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