Another Dam Good Ruling: Judge blasts government’s salmon plan on Snake and Columbia Rivers

Only days after one federal judge ruled against FERC and for better salmon management on the Klamath River (which could lead to eventual dam removals), another has now "hammered the U.S. government . . . for failing to protect declining salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers" according to this story from The Oregonian. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge James Redden says that federal fisheries officials, dam operators, and the Bonneville Power Administration "have repeatedly and collectively failed to demonstrate a willingness to do what is necessary" to protect salmon as mandated by the Endangered Species Act. His latest directive may require federal agencies to consider breaching dams to allow salmon past. Click here for the story.