23 Aug '11, 2pm

Salmon Threatened by Government

Salmon Threatened by Government

Well over half of the salmon runs of the Columbia and Snake rivers are threatened or endangered. Total salmon numbers are estimated to be only one percent of what they were before a large number of dams were installed. Fish, particularly salmon, have been an abundant food supply in the Columbia River area for about 10,000 years. An estimated 10 to 16 million Pacific salmon swam up the Columbia River each year to spawn, in the mid 1800s. In the following century, the installation of over 400 dams greatly diminished this thriving natural ecosystem. The dam projects were funded by the federal government. Even today, the federal government’s policy for the Columbia River has been found to be detrimental, even illegal, according to the Endangered Species Act, “.. it is dispiriting when federal agencies – in this case dam agencies – make violating that law a decade-long policy, ...

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