Bill Would Authorize Study of Dam Removalby Jason Kauffman
Idaho Mountain Express, August 5, 2009
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday aims to recover endangered runs of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River basin.
The legislation, called the Salmon Solutions and Planning Act of 2009, was introduced by Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and Tom Petri, R-Wis. The bill, which is supported by Boise-based Idaho Rivers United, has 23 cosponsors.
"This bill's introduction comes at a critical time in the campaign to recover endangered stocks of Snake and Columbia river salmon and steelhead," said Bill Sedivy, executive director of Idaho Rivers United. "Their decline is crippling the Northwest fishing industry and harming regional communities and ecosystems. It's crucial that the Obama administration convene a solutions table that brings together stakeholders to solve this regional catastrophe."
The bill, Sedivy said, would work toward Snake River salmon and steelhead recovery by accomplishing four primary objectives:
Adult salmon and steelhead bound for the rivers of central Idaho to spawn, including stocks that end up in the Sawtooth Valley near Stanley, must cross those four lower Snake River dams before entering the state.
Salmon Solutions and Planning Act of 2009.
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