The Northwest salmon are not only lost in the yellow zone but they are doomed to extinction if Draconian action is not taken. Here are some reasons:
As your editorial states: "the breaching of dams comes with extraordinary financial costs to taxpayers... " not mentioning the billions already wasted on a failed system of barging. Salmon migrate in clear water, not in barges.
- A decade of a failed federal barging program to transport young salmon around the dams at billions of dollars in taxpayer expense;
- Ignoring the opinions of biologists who feel the solution is to breach the offending dams on the Snake River;
- Ignoring the Rand report of 2002 and the court order ruling the present method to be illegal;
- The bumbling bureaucracy of competing agencies, i.e., National Marine Fisheries Service, Bonneville Power Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, etc.;
- The failure of our political delegation to demand that competing agencies meet and decide on the best course of action;
- The ignorance of both the Bush and Locke administrations.
Let's apply the red zone to this imbroglio and find a way to restore salmon runs for employment, for the welfare of Indian tribes and for a prosperous Northwest industry.
Benton Williams, Port Orchard
Seattle Times, January 9, 2004
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