A bullet for the bearer of bad news

Barker, Rocky
December 2005
High Country News;12/12/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 23, p3
The article discusses the efforts of fishery scientists to protect salmons from extinction following the construction of dams over the Snake and Columbia rivers. Team of fisheries scientists from the Fish Passage Center in Portland, Oregon, are analyzing the influence of dams on salmons for the state fish and wildlife agencies of the Northwest and Indian tribes. Michele DeHart, who runs the center, had written a report on the request of Indian tribes. The report supports the order of U.S. District Judge James Redden that the Army Corps of Engineers should spill water over dams to help migrating salmons. Following this, Idaho Senator Larry Craig with the support from Northwestern Democrats had stopped the government funding to the center. Now, the funding will go to other agencies to do the analysis on the effects of dams on salmons. The only ray of hope is Judge Redden, who has given a deadline of May 2006, to dam owners operators and fish managers for developing a new plan for the operation of the federal hydropower system in such a way so that it doesn't affect the Columbia's salmons.


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