TITLE

Washed Away

AUTHOR(S)
Grunwald, Michael
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;10/27/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 17, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the Missouri River and the environmental issues that the George W. Bush administration will decide. The administration is angling to do the exact opposite of what the best available science says it must in order to save the river's endangered species--and that Assistant Interior Secretary Craig Manson has scrapped a plan to have independent scientists review the administration's decision in advance. In recent years, the science of the Big Muddy has become increasingly clear: The Fish and Wildlife Service, which is part of the Interior Department, has concluded that more natural ebbs and flows are needed on the dammed, ditched, and diked Missouri to prevent the extinction of two endangered shorebirds as well as a Jurassic-era fish, and the independent National Academy of Sciences has found that the Service is right. The Army Corps is now under orders to produce a new plan for the river that will not change flows, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is under pressure to approve it. In an interview, Manson pledged that science will ultimately guide the Service's decision, but he also warned that the Service's biologists should not feel bound by their "preconceived notions" and should stop talking publicly about their science. It's worth noting--especially now that David Hayes, former President Bill Clinton's deputy Interior secretary, is representing an environmental group suing the Bush administration for dragging its feet for three years on the Missouri--that the Clinton administration dragged its feet for almost eight years.
ACCESSION #
11148821

 

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