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Agrees with Dugger, Bentz

by Steven Erson
Lewiston Tribune, September 2, 2021

Snake River Steelhead Triggers Early Warning Indicator, NOAA is trying to ignore that fact. ... I really had to agree with the recent commentary written by Marvin Dugger in which he relied heavily upon remarks by Rusty Bentz. I agree with about 90 percent of what they had to say. I didn't agree with the headline. It read: “Breach the lower Snake River dams and we will lose our fish.” I believe a more accurate rendering would have been “Breach the lower Snake River dams and we might lose our fish, but we will surely lose them if we do not breach.”

The wording was probably not theirs but the Lewiston Tribune's. ...

They threw a lot of numbers from a 1984 study that has been largely discredited, even by the agency that originally distributed the study results, the defunct National Marine Fisheries Services. ...

If data is left out of an equation, the results may be misleading. ...

For example the sentence that reads: “The fish that were barged came back 11 times greater than those left in the river” is an accurate statement that came directly from the study. However, the study also revealed fish did not return to the point of origin. The count was taken at Bonneville Dam on the lower Columbia, not at the Central Ferry Hatchery on the Snake. ...

Dugger and Bentz are good men and wonderful outdoorsmen and conservationists. ...

But ... studies that are outdated and scientifically discredited have to be willowed from the arsenal of defense for the fighting fish to have a fighting chance.

Related Pages:
Sound Science and Experience Refute Dugger's Fish Story by Steve Pettit & Richard Scully, Lewiston Tribune, 8/14/21
Saving Salmon is a Ruse for Breaching Our Dams by Marvin F. Dugger, Lewiston Tribune, 3/14/21
What About the Dams? by Marvin F. Dugger, Lewiston Tribune, 11/3/19

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Agrees with Dugger, Bentz
Lewiston Tribune, September 2, 2021

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