Monday, April 22, 2013
Crosscut: Will the Feds Ever get their Act Together on Columbia Salmon?
A good article out this week in the Crosscut examines the question of what the next steps are for the Federal Government on Snake River Salmon. The Federal Government has yet to produce a Biological Opinion (BiOp) - a recovery plan - that has been able to wistand legal scrutiny under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recently, there has been positive movement in some ways, with the government putting together a multi-stakeholder concensus project. However, there has yet to be any tangible evidence that they are prepared to take the steps necessary to ensure the survival and recovery of salmon in the Columbia and Snake, the removal of the four lower Snake River dams. With eastern Washington congressman Doc Hastings, the BPA and utility districts scrambling to protect the status quo, wild salmon and steelhead still face a stiff uphill climb.
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