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Taking Stock of Salmon

by Doc Hastings
Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2010

Re: "An Upstream Battle," Editorial, March 12

Your editorial on the control of salmon-eating sea lions missed the mark. It is accurate that California sea lions contribute to the decline of endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest -- in fact, I've worked in a bipartisan manner to address this issue. However, removing the four Snake River dams would not save salmon.

Dam removal would result in lost power generation, higher energy prices and thousands of lost jobs -- all for an extreme action that science hasn't shown would lead to fish recovery. That's why there is overwhelming bipartisan consensus in the Northwest against Snake River dam removal.

Instead, we need collaboration and broad agreement on a fish recovery plan that is grounded in science, not politics like your editorial.

Related Pages:
Hydropower the Key to Washington's Future by Don Brunell, Covington Reporter, 4/11/10
Taking Stock of Salmon II by Howard Garrett, Los Angeles Times, 3/19/10

Doc Hastings, Congressman from Washington state and the ranking Republican member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
Taking Stock of Salmon
Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2010

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