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Political snapshot ’09Q2: lower Snake dam removal


Weeding through the records emerging from Judge Redden’s courtroom and the Obama administration’s latest meeting (distilled best by EarthJustice), it seems that Redden will not finalize a plan for Northwest Salmon until early August, 2009.  We in the orca and salmon conservation communities would do well by the endangered animals to use these next 6 [...]

U.S. climate change looks bad for salmon


Yesterday the U.S. Global Research Program announced the publication of a report that summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States. The chapter on the Pacific Northwest is ominous reading for salmon and orcas. Two disconcerting predictions are: because precipitation is shifting from snow to rain, peak river flow is [...]

Progress on Victoria sewage


Despite the outstanding questions about measurable impacts and cost/benefit ratios, this constitutes progress for the marine environment of the SRKWs. Does anyone have pointers to the independent reports mentioned in this article? clipped from seattletimes.nwsource.com Victoria to stop sending untreated sewage to sea Regional politicians last week approved a $1.2 billion plan to build four [...]

Who will be the NW Regional Admin at NOAA?


Interesting that only the NW region has a politically-appointed administrator; the other 5 regions have career admins… It took 9 months for Bush Administration to post Lohn to the job. Will Obama/Lubchenko act faster for the sake of our salmon and killer whales? clipped from www.cbbulletin.com Lohn Out As NOAA Fisheries Regional Director, Deputy Now [...]