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Another Fish Killer

by Jeff Ford
Idaho Statesman, November 30, 2006

Curiouser and curiouser. On the same day Idaho's salmon expert on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Judi Danielson, wrote Idaho's salmon numbers were on an upward trend, the fish count reported in Idaho Outdoors had 21,175 fewer same-day steelhead than in 2005. Moreover, the 10-year average at Lower Granite is 5,591 more than the figure of one week ago: a definite downward dive. Ask Redfish Lake sockeyes about the trend.

Ms. Danielson owes us more than the Bonneville Power Administration's party line. BPA is where her six-figure support originates. Could this be why she is just another salmon/steelhead killer? She joins the list of former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, who appointed her; and Gov.-elect Butch Otter, who lamely refuted the Nov. 16 front-page lead story by Rocky Barker: "Report: Breaching dams would save money, salmon." Just as well toss in the other two congressmen, and of course, salmon-killer Sen. Larry Craig heads the list.

Gov. Jim Risch, who made changes in welfare, highway and corrections should replace Ms. Danielson with someone interested in restoring Idaho's wild salmon/steelhead.

Related Sites:
Senator Craig's previous rider withdrew funding from the Fish Passage Center which provides Pertinent Data including:
Adult Salmon Return Comparison - compares current year to last year and the ten year average.
Adult Salmon Passage at Lower Granite Dam Yearly Adult Counts 1975 - Present

Jeff Ford, Boise
Another Fish Killer
Idaho Statesman, November 30, 2006

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