Three former Northwest governors to Obama: ditch Bush salmon plan

Portland, Ore. (AP) – Three former governors of Oregon, Idaho
and Washington are urging the Obama administration to reject a
Bush-era plan to save the region’s salmon.

In their Tuesday letter, John Kitzhaber of Oregon, Cecil Andrus
of Idaho and Mike Lowry of Washington hope to influence Obama’s
salmon policy.

His administration has until Aug. 14 to decide whether to
defend, amend or ditch a plan put forward last year to run federal
power-producing dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers without
pushing imperiled salmon closer to extinction.

U.S. District Judge James Redden has hinted that the plan may
not meet the requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

The three former governors tell the president the plan “is
likely to be found illegal if you decide to support it” and they
caution him against that course.

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