Corps had told Louisiana officials it could need until October 2022 to assess environmental impact of a project to create new coastal land by enabling Mississippi River to push mud and sand into open water.
National Marine Fisheries Service
State biologists fear the winter steelhead could go extinct in the Molalla, Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork rivers – four key tributaries to the Willamette River.
The fact that none returned this year is bad news for the fish’s population in Maine and Canada.
The fish live in rivers from Maine to Florida, and conservationists have long made the case that their declining populations pose a major problem for the health of ecosystems along the East Coast.
But plan to route much of California’s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, too.
Atlantic salmon face a number of challenges in the wild, ranging from the presence of river dams to continued fishing pressure off of Canada and Greenland.
Recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico will have 39 more days to fish federal waters for red snapper.