A guest column by Pete Soverel and David Moskowitz of The Conservation Angler.
regarding the latest round of kicking the can down the road on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Thirty years ago, tribes and conservation organizations had to submit petitions listing Snake River salmon under the Endangered Species Act because the federal agencies would not take action to prevent the extinction of sockeye and Chinook returning to the Snake River.
Those same federal agencies have now proposed — for the fifth time — some extremely modest tweaks to the system of dams and reservoirs that have nearly ruined the West’s greatest rivers and our wild salmon and steelhead.
This repeated federal ineptitude has resulted in a collaborative call for political leadership from both conservation organizations and utility companies who signed a letter calling for regional dialogue to solve the Columbia River’s fish issues
Sadly, that letter — and the new 5,000-page federal plan — are almost completely devoid of a commitment to recover wild salmon and steelhead — the term “wild” notably absent.
LINK (via: The Astorian)