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Scientists Don't Like
NOAA Plan to Barge Salmon

by Jeff Barnard
Seattle Times, April 12, 2010

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- An independent panel of scientists does not like the Obama administration's plan to rely on barges, rather than spilling water over dams, to carry young salmon making their spring migration down the Snake River in Eastern Washington.

Their review of the NOAA Fisheries Service plan to rely exclusively on barges due to low water conditions says the best course is still a mix of carrying fish in barges and spilling water.

The question is important as a federal judge continues to control federal dam operations in the Columbia Basin. Spilling water for fish means less water for generating electricity.

NOAA Fisheries had no comment, but salmon advocates suing the agency over dam operations applauded the review.

Related Sites:
Independent Scientific Advisory Board Review of NOAA Fisheries' 2010 Low Flow Fish Transport Operations Proposal
Shoshone-Bannock Snake River Sockeye SARs Doug Taki, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, 3/12/10

Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Scientists Don't Like NOAA Plan to Barge Salmon
Seattle Times, April 12, 2010

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