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Restoring the Lower Snake River

gavel1On May 4th, the long-awaited verdict from U.S. District Court in Portland (OR) was issued. Judge Michael Simon soundly rejected the federal agencies’ 2014 Columbia Basin Salmon Plan. While this is the 5th federal plan since 2000 to meet this fate, last month’s ruling was significantly different.

Here are a series of links to the ruling, SOS factsheets, and media coverage.


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#1: Opinion Backgrounder: What did the court do? Why it's different? What's next?

#2: Highlighted Quotations from the May 4, 2016 U.S. District Court Verdict 

#3: Climate Change, Cost, and the Lower Snake River Dams


III. A PARTIAL LIST OF MEDIA CLIPS: editorials, articles and guest opinions (May/June 2016):

Idaho Mountain Express Editorial: Stop the Dance of Death (6.2.2016)

green.neil1East Oregonian Editorial: Feds are running out of half measures (5.10.2016)

Seattle Times Op-Ed: Federal court decision is a critical opportunity for salmon, energy and communities (5.14.2016) Judge: Failed salmon restoration has cost billions (5.17.2016)

Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Dams are damning wild salmon and steelhead in Idaho and the Northwest (5.22.2016)

Idaho Mountain Express: Middle Fork could regain role as salmon nursery. But biologist says out-of-basin factors remain obstacles (5.27.2016)

Green Acre Radio: The Great Salish Sea: Double Jeopardy - Endangered Orcas and Endangered Salmon (6.15.2016)

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