Salmon and Snake River Dams
by Steve Scher
Weekday, July 5, 2011
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The longest running legal case concerning the Endangered Species Act may soon come to an end. The case involves the fate of the Columbia and Snake River salmon, as well as the region's power and water supply and Native American fishing rights. Since dams were built on the lower Snake River, in the 1950s through 1970s, four types of salmon have been named endangered or threatened. A federal judge in Oregon may issue a decision soon about whether the government's mitigation plan has been enough for the salmon population. We'll fill you in on the details and the various ramifications.
Steven Hawley is an environmental journalist based in Oregon. His book is "Recovering a Lost River: Rewilding Salmon, Removing Dams, Revitalizing Communities." His work has appeared in National Fisherman, The Oregonian, High Country News, The Bear Deluxe, The Missoula Independent and OnEarth Magazine.
William Rodgers is a professor of law at the University of Washington. He specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law. His books include "Environmental Law in Indian Country" and "The Si'lailo Way: Salmon, Indians and Law on the Columbia River." He has appeared in the US Supreme Court on behalf of American Indian tribes.
Lorri Bodi is a senior policy advisor for the Bonneville Power Administration.
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