More press for river restoration on the Klamath

The Eugene, OR Register Guard just published an editorial that does a good job of connecting the dots between the damage caused by PacifiCorp's Klamath river project and the West Coast's devastated salmon fishing industry. The editors see dam removal as part of the solution:

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Federal Court Rules More Water for the Klamath River

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2006Contacts: Kristen Boyles, Earthjustice: 206.343.7340 x33Glen Spain, PCFFA: 541-521-8655Tim McKay, NEC: 707-822-6918San Francisco, CA - On the eve of a potential salmon fishing closure that would devastate coastal communities and fishing families in California and Oregon, a federal court today ruled that the Bush administration can not continue to strangle water flows in the Klamath River in years with average or below rainfall.

NMFS fails to require fish passage for Hells Canyon

FERC's deadline for all interested parties in the Hells Canyon dams to file their recommendations for terms and conditions in the new license was January 26, 2006. The federal National Marine Fisheries Service - the agency charged with protecting migrating endangered salmon and steelhead - submitted a simple reservation of authority. In other words, the agency did nothing and failed in its responsibility to protect these endangered species.


Utility features fish improvements through hydro licensing on new website

The Coalition was pleased as punch to see Portland General Electric (PGE) showcase its new commitments to fish recovery - taking the connection between environmental restoration and its hydropower dams and new licenses online. From PGE's March 8th press release:Fish and the rivers they live in: PGE Web site tells many storiesAnglers will find trend data and fish counts helpfulMuch of Oregon' s story, past and present, is about our waterways and the fish that travel them.