Judge Asks for Responses
by Matthew Preusch
A federal judge wants to hear what critics think of the Obama administration's plan for Northwest salmon.
In a letter today, U.S. District Court Judge James Redden says the State of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and salmon advocates, who are fighting the plan in Judge Redden's court, can file responses to it by October 2.
The administration will then have two weeks to submit its reply to those responses.
Last week, the administration revealed how it thinks it can run the region's system of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia Basin without pushing protected fish closer to extinction.
Most of the basin's states and tribes support the plan, but the administration must convince Judge Redden it meets the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.
bluefish would ask for a document describing how the Salmon Plan provides an 'adequate potential for recovery' of Idaho's Sockeye, (see reward on home page).
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