Federal judge hammers federal salmon plan with powerful ruling‏

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May 5
In a powerful 149-page opinion delivered yesterday, federal District Judge Michael Simon lambasted the federal government for failing to show that its dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers aren’t driving endangered salmon and steelhead toward extinction.
It’s the fifth consecutive time in 25 years that a federal judge has overturned a salmon plan. Simon is the third judge to do so.
(Today is Idaho Gives! You can help IRU continue to fight for our endangered salmon and steelhead by participating today. Just follow this link.)
“For more than 20 years [federal agencies] have ignored the admonishments of Judge Marsh and Judge Redden to consider more aggressive changes … to save the imperiled listed species,” Simon wrote. “The agencies instead continued to focus on essentially the same approach to saving the listed species–minimizing hydro mitigation efforts and maximizing habitat restoration. Despite billions of dollars spent on these efforts, the listed species continue to be in a perilous state.”
IRU has been fighting this fight since the organization’s founding in 1990, a year before Idaho’s sockeye salmon were listed as an endangered species. It’s been a long, hard haul, and we have a ways to go, but Simon’s ruling is among the strongest that has been issued.
Check the IRU Newsroom later today for more information on the judge’s ruling, and otherwise, if you live in the Treasure Valley, join us at the Taphouse in Boise between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to help celebrate Idaho Gives, as well as this week’s huge victory for our endangered salmon and steelhead.
For the rivers,

The Team at Idaho Rivers United

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