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Improving Salmon Recovery:
More Local Decision Making

from U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)
Legislative Agenda, 1999

After listening to Washingtonians from all corners of the state, one thing is clear: we must restore our vibrant salmon fishery. The debate on how we restore our salmon runs in the questions.

I believe that Washingtonians and local salmon restoration organizations -- not bureaucracies in Washington, DC -- are in the best position to make decisions that wil return salmon. My salmon plan sends the money and decision-making authority back to Washington state communities, so they can decide how to restore the fisheries. It's time for the federal government to let those who will be affected by the decisions make these decisions. Salmon are a critical part ot the Northwest way of life, so let Northwesterners decide how to fix this problem without being told how to do it from Washington, DC.

At the same time, as we move forward, I will continue the fight to preserve and protect our hydroelectric system so that we retain the benefits of irrigation, navigation, transportation, recreation, flood control and environmentally-friendly, inexpensive power production. Put simply . . . the Columbia-Snake River dams stay put. This is a critical element in protecting the Northwest way of life.

Related Links:
Oink! Oink! George Magazine, February 1999
Senator's Update Sen. Slade Gorton, June 22, 1999
Gorton Blasts Dam Removal Columbia Basin Bulletin, July 30, 1999
Gorton: No Slush Fund for Dam Removal Columbia Basin Bulletin, June 16, 1999
Gorton's local salmon recovery efforts in the Interior Bill Sen. Slade Gorton, Legislative Agenda, 1999

Slade Gorton - United States Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)
Improving Salmon Recovery: More Local Decision Making
1999 Legislative Agenda - 1999

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