A consortium of Idaho conservation groups this week called on the federal government to end barging of sockeye salmon, a practice they said is clearly bad for Idaho’s most imperiled and endangered salmon.
Three women from central Idaho are preparing to ride horses 1,000 miles from Astoria, Ore., at the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific Coast, to Stanley, Idaho, roughly following the same path that salmon follow up the Columbia, Snake and Salmon rivers.
IRU Executive Director Kevin Lewis and Save Our Wild Salmon Inland Northwest Director Sam Mace went toe-to-toe on Tuesday, March 28, with former Congressman Doc Hastings and Washington Policy Center environmental policy advocate Todd Myers.
Federal dam managers on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways at eight dams to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018, a federal court ruled today.
With only a month to go before the water year officially begins on April 1, many south and central Idaho river basins stand at 150 to 200 percent of average snowpack, with more snow in the near-term forecast.
IRU is part of a coalition of Columbia River Basin organizations that filed suit today to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a temperature pollution budget to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.