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From Bushgreenwatch: BUSH SHORTCHANGES WILD SALMON RECOVERY EFFORTS, REPORT SAYS

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February 11, 2004

BUSH SHORTCHANGES WILD SALMON RECOVERY EFFORTS, REPORT SAYS

Wild salmon recovery was shortchanged by 40 percent in the Bush
Administration's proposed budget, the Save Our Wild Salmon
Coalition charges, and the Administration has consistently
failed to protect the endangered species.

The coalition released a report following the Bush budget
announcement last week, citing 35 actions the coalition says
undermine recovery of Pacific wild salmon and steelhead.

According to the report, the Bush Administration has failed to
protect Pacific wild salmon by allowing federal dams to violate
the Clean Water Act; permitting the use of toxic pesticides
along the banks of salmon streams; and failing to comply with
treaties or ensuring rivers have adequate water, the report
says.[1]

"These actions, when taken cumulatively, indicate there will be
no recovery at this rate if this trend continues," said Gilly
Lyons of Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS).

The Administration's 2005 budget proposal provides only 60
percent of the resources needed to implement the federal
Columbia-Snake rivers salmon plan.

"The administration has never provided the money it said is
needed to save salmon," said Todd True, senior staff attorney
with Earthjustice. "We get further behind each year."

SOS is a nationwide coalition of businesses, conservation
organizations, commercial and sportfishing associations, river
groups and taxpayer advocates.

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SOURCES:
[1] A Timeline of Failure, Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition,
January 2004,  http://ga3.org/ct/h1aljjs12abR/.

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