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Judge Finds U.S. Plan to Protect Salmon Wanting

May 08, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A U.S. judge in Portland ruled that government programs to protect threatened and endangered salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin do not meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. District Judge James A. Redden struck down the strategy for protecting Columbia Basin salmon, issued in December 2000.The strategy focused on improving habitat, hatcheries and harvest limits without breaching four lower Snake River dams. Some environmentalists want the dams breached.

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