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Professor Blumm’s guest column “Salmon are flourishing because of judge’s orders”

November 11, 2014

  • An osprey watches over a fish ladder at Bonneville Dam. Fish ladders allow adult salmon to migrate to upstream spawning grounds. (Casey O'Hara/The Oregonian )

Guest Columnist Michael Blumm for The Oregonian

Salmon are flourishing because of judge’s orders: Guest opinion

“Terry Flores, head of an industry-sponsored group called Northwest RiverPartners, claims in an Oct. 15 guest column that the near-record returns of Columbia River salmon this year are due to the so-called 2008 “fish accords.” This is a completely unsupportable assertion.

Under the accords, the state of Washington and several Columbia Basin tribes agreed to monetary compensation (mostly applied to habitat restoration) in return for dropping their participation in a lawsuit alleging that the federal government has continued to violate its obligations under the Endangered Species Act through its operation of federal Columbia Basin dams.” 

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