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Critics: New Salmon Plan Misses the Number One Threat

May 6, 2008

Boise, ID – Federal agencies released the latest version of their salmon recovery plan on Monday (May 5), but critics say it misses the number one threat to salmon, and is therefore in violation of a federal court order.

The plan includes efforts in the areas of habitat restoration, hatchery production, and predator control. Amanda Peacher, salmon program coordinator for the conservation group Idaho Rivers United, agrees those are all important pieces of the puzzle. However, the plan doesn't include the removal of Lower Snake River dams. In her view, that should be the top priority.

"Scientists agree that the four dams in eastern Washington do the most harm to the basin's endangered salmon. This plan does not even take a look at dam removal."

Peacher says serious action is needed, and quickly, because waterways that used to see thousands of salmon migrating are now only visited by a handful.

"We had four sockeye salmon returning to Redfish Lake in Central Idaho last year. That's absolutely unacceptable, and that's under status quo operations. A plan that continues the status quo simply won't recover salmon."

Opponents of dam removal say it would be bad for barge transportation and power generation. Peacher says the economic benefits of the dams can be replaced -- but if salmon go extinct, they're gone forever. The plan, called a Biological Opinion, will now be reviewed by federal District Court Judge James Redden, who rejected the last plan in October of 2007 for not doing enough to save the endangered fish.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - ID