U.S. District Court Judge James Redden sent feds back to the drawing board, ruling that the U.S. government's latest plan for salmon recovery in the Northwest is illegal.
Redden called on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its Fisheries Service to produce an improved plan to protect salmon while maintaining the federal dam system on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
"Forty years ago, places like Idaho's Salmon River were salmon strongholds, with huge numbers returning every year," said Tom Stuart of Idaho Rivers United. "Now central Idaho has become a Noah's Ark, one of the few places where wild salmon can still thrive, and where restoring them is still possible."
In his ruling, handed down today, Redden criticized NOAA's plan, saying, "There is ample evidence in the record that indicates that the operations of the FCRPS (Federal Columbia River Power System) causes substantial harm to listed salmons."
Read Redden's opinion salmon_opinion.pdf