Thursday, July 6, 2017
Horrible Bill For Salmon and Steelhead
The big question is why?
Why would state representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Don Newhouse and others stare into the face of the worst predicted run of fall chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead on the Columbia and say..... "meh, screw em"
While that's hyperbole, they are in effect doing that by introducing a new bill that flies against science and judicial review on how we are managing the lower 4 Snake River Dams.
It's the definition of insanity. They want to return to the invalidated 2014 federal Columbia River Bi-Op and hold it in place through 2022. They want to hold water back that facilitates smolt outmigration in the spring. They want to take the notion of breaching the lower 4 Snake River dams completely off the table
They want to circumvent the entire NEPA process that hundreds of thousands of comments were registered by the public this past fall in meetings around the Northwest as state, federal and Bonneville power were ordered to consider all options in the process of a new Biological Opinion
So in other words. Screw the public process. Screw the science.
And oh, lets keep pouring billions of dollars at salmon and steelhead mitigation that isnt working.
They want to keep a bandaid on a hemorrhaging wound.
The special interests that keep these representatives have done a fantastic job of keeping the wool over their eyes.
It's up to us to let them know we oppose this legislation.
Contact McMorris Rodgers at 202-225-2006 and Newhouse at 202-225-5816
Also, find more ways to contact them via their websites
Speak up ladies and gentlemen. Now.