Thursday, August 04, 2011

Federal Judge James Redden Nixes U.S. Salmon Habitat Improvement Plan As Too Vague And Uncertain!

National Briefing NORTHWEST
Published: August 2, 2011

A federal judge has found that the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon violates the Endangered Species Act. Judge James Redden of Federal District Court in Portland ruled Tuesday that the plan, known as a biological opinion, is too vague and uncertain on specific steps that will be taken in future years to improve salmon habitat. Judge Redden added that he did not think the government could meet the standards of the Endangered Species Act by habitat improvements alone, and that it was time to consider new options, including removing some of the dams. The judge left the plan in place through 2013, when federal agencies must come up with more specific projects to help salmon.
(A version of this brief appeared in print on August 3, 2011, on page A13 of the New York edition )

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