Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

In January, officials released a finalized plan that guides dam operations to help protect salmon and steelhead. The plan has been subject to more than 20 years of legal conflict between people who want to protect salmon and people who want to produce hydroelectricity and maintain shipping channels.

Todd True is the lead attorney for the challengers. He says the latest plan is far too similar to previous plans already struck down by the courts.

True: “We will not let the government slow-walk our wild salmon into extinction, and trample our environmental laws, just because they don’t want to change the way they run the Columbia River hydro system.”

Supporters of the plan say recent increases in salmon runs show the current plan is working. They say it would be better to end the legal fighting and move ahead with those fish protection strategies everyone can agree on.

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