Salmon betrayed

Published: Thursday 31 August 2000

the US government has postponed the demolition of four major dams in Washington, built on the Snake and Columbia rivers. The plan proposes to save wild salmons. The dams obstruct the migratory path of the salmon. But they also generate enormous quantities of electricity. Therefore, the decision to breach them has been stalled.

According to environmentalists, the habitat of the endangered fish needs to be restored as soon as possible. A spokesperson for American Rivers, an environmental advocacy group, says that according to scientific principles the dams need to be demolished to save the salmons. If the decision is delayed, there is a possibility of the fish becoming extinct.

The decision about the fate of the dams is being considered by the federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. But the ultimate decision will be made by the White House.

The progress made by the salmon and other fish towards recovery will be monitored for the next five years by government officials.

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