Five Northwest political leaders yesterday introduced legislation seeking to block a federal court order that requires increased protections for Idaho’s endangered salmon. “These five members of Congress have written a death warrant for endangered salmon,” said IRU Executive Director Kevin Lewis. “This bill must be stopped dead in its tracks.”
MJ Wright, Kaitlin Spradley and Kat Cannell are three Idaho women who rode horses almost 1,000 miles to reach their home waters of Redfish Lake. Their expeditionary ride highlights the iconic pathway of sockeye salmon, a native Idaho anadromous fish species that returns to spawn in the lake, and whose numbers have been dwindling since four dams were constructed on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington state.
At a time when national dialogue in the U.S. is centered on rolling back environmental policies rather than strengthening them the tables have already begun to turn. Other nations, including China, have identified an opportunity to assume global leadership in combating climate change and pursuing clean energy sources.