Salmon Agency: Columbia, Snake
by Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, ORE. -- The federal agency in charge of restoring salmon says that the latest court-ordered plan for running hydroelectric dams in the Columbia and Snake River basins likely won't jeopardize fish.
NOAA Fisheries is talking about the survival of threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
The opinion looks at how the amount of water spilled over the dams and run through the turbines affects 13 species of salmon and steelhead.
The fish are struggling with overfishing, the impact of climate change on the oceans, and the loss of freshwater habitat to dams.
Once a final review is finished, it will go to U.S. District Judge James Redden in Portland. He tossed out the last plan for violating the Endangered Species Act.
He has warned he wants something that will help the fish thrive, not just survive.
The opinions and supporting documents are available here.
Idaho's Sockeye: FCRPS Biological Opinion NOAA Fisheries' Executive Summary, 10/31/7
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