Judge Dislikes Columbia Salmon Dam Planby Staff
Natural Resource Report, October 17, 2011
For a third time, US District Court Judge James Redden rejected the federal government's plan to operate hydropower dams in the Columbia River basin without jeopardizing salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. Redden's August ruling rejected the overall Columbia basin hydropower plan, saying it was "arbitrary & capricious," as it failed to identify habitat improvements to protect salmon after 2013 -- such as stream, road & irrigation regulations. Fortunately, the Judge lacks authority over dam breaching.
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