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SALMON In The News
Number 4: August, 2019
Murkowski Finds EPA Criticism of Pebble Mine Substantial
alaskapublic.org July 11, 2019
Murkowski comments on EPA findings of Corps of Engineers 404(q) draft environmental assessment, saying that they can either ask the Corps to revise the draft to meet EPA concerns or they can veto the Pebble project. Senator Murkowski also states that she will let the process unfold and will not intervene (saying she does not have the power to do so).
The Trump Administration EPA leadership appears to be backing off, looking for ways to allow the Pebble project to move ahead.
Wild Salmon & the World’s Largest Dam Removal Project
LA Times OpEd, June 13, 2019
Removing 4 dams on the Klamath River in order to help salmon revival is scheduled to begin in 2021. However, it is argued that without eliminating hatchery operations on the river, the project will not have the desired outcome.
Twenty Years of Dam Removal Successes & What’s Next
by Amy Souers Kober June 27, 2019 in americanrivers.org
A good overview of this topic.
Focus Groups to Look at Lower Snake River Dam Removal
opb.org/Courtney Flatt,April 29th, 2019
Washington State’s operating budget includes a “stakeholder group” to look at what would happen if the 4 lower Snake River dams are removed. This action is an outcome of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force Recommendation. Funding will be used to pay for forums in 2020 and 2021.
What Alaska’s Pebble Mine Fight Means for Seattle
Hannah Weinberger, July 11, 2019 in crosscut.com
The EPA General Council directed EPA Region 10 to withdraw the Obama era determination that determined the Pebble Mine project to have significant environmental impacts, thus blocking it. This action helps pave the way for the Pebble Partnership to get a permit as early as 2020 to operate a more limited (than initially proposed) open pit mine for 20 years. Seattle has a significant stake in this action through its links to the Bristol Bay fishing industry.
crosscut.com is Northwest Nonprofit News. Since 2007 a pioneer in local, online-only news, which in 2015 merged with KCTS Channel 9 public television.
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