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3 Former NW Govs to Obama:
Ditch Bush Salmon Plan

by Associated Press
Tri-City Herald, August 4, 2009

Idaho's Governor Cecil Andrus releases adult Sockeye into Redfish Lake, Idaho in 1994.  This was the first such adult release and which was forced upon the federal government by the Shoshone-Bannock PORTLAND, Ore. -- Three former governors of Oregon, Idaho and Washington are urging the Obama administration to reject a Bush-era plan to save the region's salmon.

In their Tuesday letter, John Kitzhaber of Oregon, Cecil Andrus of Idaho and Mike Lowry of Washington hope to influence Obama's salmon policy.

His administration has until Aug. 14 to decide whether to defend, amend or ditch a plan put forward last year to run federal power-producing dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers without pushing imperiled salmon closer to extinction.

U.S. District Judge James Redden has hinted that the plan may not meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

The three former governors tell the president the plan "is likely to be found illegal if you decide to support it" and they caution him against that course.

Information from: The Oregonian

Associated Press
3 Former NW Govs to Obama: Ditch Bush Salmon Plan
Tri-City Herald, August 4, 2009

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