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More Aid Planned for NW Salmon

by Associated Press
Seattle Times - January 27, 2004

STEVENSON, Skamania County -- Senior Bush administration officials announced a proposed $10 million increase for Northwest salmon restoration yesterday at Bonneville Dam.

The increase brings to $100 million the total that will be used to restore salmon habitat throughout the Northwest.

"Habitat restoration is making a difference," said Conrad Lautenbacher, administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But environmentalists called the appearance, and the choice of venue, ironic.

"They are making salmon speeches at big dams. Dams are extremely lethal for fish," said Charles Hudson, spokesman for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission.

Tribal groups applauded the increase in funding but emphasized that the figure fell far short of their expectations.

Associated Press
More Aid Planned for NW Salmon
Seattle Times Company, January 27, 2004

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