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Water Users Continue to Fight for Idaho

by Norm Semanko
Letter to Editor, Times-News, March 23, 2005

It's time once again to put federal bureaucrats and activist environmentalists on notice: Idaho hasn't forgotten about you. We've just been incredibly busy solving some pretty pressing Idaho water problems. You haven't dropped off our radar screen. We've just been watching a different screen for a while.

Here's just a few points we still remember vividly -- that the federal government is bound and determined to:

And who could forget the strident radicals in the environmental movement. They have kept up their unceasing legal attack on the sovereignty of Idaho water and the continued existence of all the federal dams and reservoirs in the Northwest.

We haven't forgotten that these are extremists who want you to believe they alone know what's best for Idaho water. With one voice, they tell you they have Idaho's best interest at heart while, out the other side of their mouth, they argue in court in Portland that state control should be stripped away. They want you to believe they can tear out the Snake River dams and not destroy the economic fabric of Lewiston and its port; that tens of thousands of hatchery-born Chinook salmon returning to Idaho every year should not be considered in evaluating whether or not Idaho's salmon are recovering.

It's now time to renew our efforts to protect Idaho from those who seek to impose partisan and scientifically flawed policies on its citizens. And we will succeed.

Related Pages:
22 Sockeye Return by Jennifer Sandmann, Times-News, 9/1/4

Norm Semanko is the executive director of the Idaho Water Users Association
Water Users Continue to Fight for Idaho
Times-News, March 23, 2005

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