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Salmon Recovery Failing

by Tom Wolf
The Oregonian, March 15, 2003

A coalition of conservation groups and fishing businesses in Washington, D.C., recently released its second annual Report Card on the Bush administration's progress on the federal salmon and steelhead recovery plan for the Columbia and Snake River basin. This year's analysis gave Fs in four categories, with a D and a C in the other two -- a slight improvement from last year's five Fs and a D.

What this shows to even the most casual observer is a complete lack of commitment on behalf of the federal agencies in charge of salmon recovery to even address the tasks with which they are charged.

The recovery action that the majority of scientists studying the issue and even the federal salmon plan itself agree provides the surest route to wild salmon recovery is removing four dams on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington.

Why not skip the pointless exercise of spending several years and untold millions for the feds to half-implement what is only a half-baked plan in the first place, and address head on the one measure that everyone agrees is necessary for the plan to work?

Tom Wolf, President Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited Hillsboro
Salmon Recovery Failing
The Oregonian, March 15, 2003

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