Monday, May 9, 2011

BiOp Goes Back to Court Today

With oral arguments on the Columbia BiOp beginning today in Portland the Oregonian ran an excellent article with background on the status of Columbia and Snake salmon, some of the threats as well as the long history of dams on the Columbia. Despite a legal battle spanning two decades and three presidential administrations many expect today to be the final hearing on the biological opinion. The state of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and a coalition of non-profit groups (including The Osprey) contend that the federal government's plan falls short of ensuring recovery of imperiled salmon on the Snake and Upper Columbia. The BiOp calls for investments in freshwater and estuary restoration but does nothing to address the long term threat posed by 14 mainstem dams. More in the Oregonian

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