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Court Rejects Columbia River Salmon Plan

May 6, 2016, 4:00 AM

For the fifth time, a District Court judge rejected a federal plan to recover endangered and threatened salmon species in the Columbia River Basin, ordering the National Marine Fisheries Service to conduct a new biological review (Nat’l Wildlife Fed’n v. Nat’l Marine Fisheries Serv., 2016 BL 142714, D. Or., 3:01-cv-00640-, 5/4/16).

Since Snake River sockeye salmon were first listed under the Endangered Species Act in the early 1990s, 12 more members of the economically important and culturally iconic salmonid species have joined their sockeye cousins. In the intervening decades, billions of dollars have been spent to minimize...

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