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Old 10-25-2004, 01:33 AM
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Unfortunately, the problem with pressuring the Senate or House about the Snake River is that a federal judge in Spokane ruled and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that: 1) the Army Corp of Engineers is following the law; 2) the Army Corp of Enginerrs doesn't have to change how the dams on the river are operated; and 3) the Army Corp of Engineers does not have to remove or breach the dams because there is no compelling, provable link that shows the dams and are behind the decline in the anadromous fish runs in the river. In other words, unless Congress changes both the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, the Army Corp of Engineers doesn't have to change a thing on the Snake River.

We can thank a federal judge and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for this, and I highly doubt the House or Senate will reopen either the ESA or the Clean Water Act to try and change how the dams on the Snake River can be operated or even if they can remain in place. American Rivers does good work; unfortunately, on the Snake River question, they have been trumped by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals from their ruling made just last month.
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