In early August, U.S. District Court Judge James Redden ruled illegal the federal government's management plan for salmon and steelhead trout in the mighty Columbia and Snake rivers because it did not lay out a legal and scientifically accurate plan on how to recover the two fisheries or obey the Endangered Species Act. The ruling marks a huge win for wild salmon and the communities and ecosystems that depend on these magnificent fish.
Sierra Club played a key role for several years in pushing for a stronger management plan for salmon. Among other things, we organized a fisherman’s rally in Portland while the Obama administration was in town, sending a strong message that salmon jobs matter. We also conducted a joint salmon alert with American Rivers and Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, asking that the government submit a stronger salmon recovery plan to Judge Redden.
The Snake River basin is home to the largest, wildest, and best-protected salmon habitat remaining in the Lower 48 states. Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope has called the Snake River Basin the "Noah's Ark" for salmon. If they can reach this habitat, wild salmon, now at barely 1% of historic levels, will thrive once again.
Read more on The Green Mien and Lay of the Land.
(Photo: Steelhead trout)