The IFR and Other Groups Sue for More Water Over Dams for Salmon

The IFR and Other Groups Sue for More Water Over Dams for Salmon

In efforts to protect salmon and steelhead, the IFR and other conservation and fisherman’s groups sued the Washington state Department of Ecology on Thursday June 3, 2010 to allow more water to spill over dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The lawsuit’s goal is to lift some of Washington’s Department of Ecology standards on the amount of dissolved gases in water. Water spill over dams can cause high levels of dissolved gases in rivers, so allowing for more gases in water will allow for more spill over the federal dams. And releasing more water over the dams – rather than running it through turbines – improves salmon’s chances of surviving their migration.

Earthjustice filed the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court on behalf of the Institute for Fisheries Resources, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, and Idaho Rivers United.

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