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    Default Dam those fish!

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science....ap/index.html
    GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) -- The Bush administration Tuesday proposed large cuts in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive.

    The critical habitat designation originally included rivers accessible to salmon, even if no fish occupied them, and covered most of Washington, Oregon and California and parts of Idaho.

    Under the federal plan, critical habitats would be cut by more than 80 percent in the Northwest and 50 percent in California -- and more cuts might be ordered based on public comments over the next six months, said Bob Lohn, northwest regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for saving salmon from extinction.

    Large areas could be cut where state and federal habitat protections are already in place, such as national forests and places where the economic benefits of development outweigh the biological benefits of habitat.

    After a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Home Builders, the federal agency agreed to reconsider critical habitat designations for 13 groups of threatened or endangered salmon in the Northwest, and seven in California.

    The home builders association has been chafing under the costs of getting federal permits for development in wetlands.

    "Recognizing the importance of economic costs and trying to minimize the impact on industry in areas where there are low values to species and high economic costs are well in line with NAHB's policies," said Michael Mittelholzer, the association's director of environmental policy.

    In another action Tuesday, NOAA Fisheries released the final version of its latest plan for operating hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

    The plan is estimated to cost about $600 million a year over the next 10 years, and relies heavily on construction of removable fish weirs on eight dams to increase the survival of young salmon migrating to the ocean. A federal judge must approve the plan before it goes into effect.

    Both proposals were strongly opposed by environmentalists, Indian tribes and a commercial fishing group, which said the Bush administration was abandoning any hopes of restoring salmon beyond bare survival.

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    What did the fish say when it hit a wall?

    Dam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Clark
    The critical habitat designation originally included rivers accessible to salmon, even if no fish occupied them, and covered most of Washington, Oregon and California and parts of Idaho.
    So. Blue state, blue state, blue state, and who cares about Idaho. Probably the bluish part of a red state.

    That's all purely coincidental, I'm sure.
    You never turned around to see the frowns
    On the jugglers and the clowns
    When they all did tricks for you.

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    People here laugh at Rock'n'Roots. But he's right! See what happens when wilderness is not protected?

    You get subdivisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Wolf
    What did the fish say when it hit a wall?

    Dam.
    Dam. You beat me to it.

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    Default well, guess who was the biggest contributor before the election..

    to the Elephant... the National Association of Realtors!

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