Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Same Old Salmon Plan on the Columbia


Last Thursday, the state of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and a coalition of environmental organizations filed a motion for a summary judgement on the Feds Columbia River Biological Opinion (BiOp). They asked Judge James Redden to strike down the the Obama salmon plan which is substantively the same as the 2008 BiOp which failed to pass muster in federal court. The new plan does provide for some increased habitat protection and restoration but does not guarauntee instream flow which has been credited with helping buoy salmon returns over the last few years. Further more the Obama plan includes no provision for removal of the four Lower Snake River dams despite the fact that they have been identified as major barriers to recovery of listed Sockeye, Chinook and Steelhead in the Snake system. The feds have continued to play politics with the Columbia system, choosing to continue spending millions of dollars annually to subsidize an unsustainable barging industry on the Snake River. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking for Columbia Salmon. NMFS must submit a reply to the motion by December 23rd a decision on the BiOp is expected to come in the new year.

Much more information in a press release from Save Our Wild Salmon:

http://www.wildsalmon.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=301

Seattle Times Article:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013296734_aporsalmondams1stldwritethru.html

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