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Breaching the Dams

by Ron Marquart
Idaho Statesman, January 3, 2007

In her Dec. 11 reader's view "Report on dams disregards current salmon research," Terry Flores' statement that there is no science or data supporting removal of the four lower Snake River dams as a way to recover salmon is completely false. Here is the science for salmon recovery:

"Breaching the four lower Snake River dams would provide more certainty of long-term survival and recovery than would other measures." (NOAA Fisheries, 2000 FCRPS Biological Opinion.)

"... the benefits to Snake River stock survival and recovery would be assured with the removal of the lower four dams on that system ...." (Western Division, American Fisheries Society.)

"... Regardless of assumptions made or model used, dam removal was always the highest-ranked recovery option, and the one with the least amount of uncertainty." (1998 PATH final report by ESSA technologies Ltd., Vancouver, BC.)

Whom are you going to believe, the above scientific reports or Terry Flores?

Related Pages:
Removing LSR Dams a Colossal Breach of Logic by Terry Flores, The Register-Guard, 12/11/6

Ron Marquart, Boise
Breaching the Dams
Idaho Statesman, January 3, 2007

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