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Re: E-M:/ Salmon Recovery Planning Act

Enviro-Mich message from William Tobler <williamtobler@critterswoods.org>

The following source seems to say otherwise.

At Friday, 20 July 2001, "Kenneth Vermeulen" <VERMEUKW@wnj.com> wrote:

>should tell the congressman that there likely never WERE any wolverines 
>Michigan, before he embarrasses himself again.>>> "Pfuehler, 
>Erich" <Erich.Pfuehler@mail.house.gov> 07/20/01 12:32PM >>>
>These are Congressman David E. Bonior's 
>remarks and a newswire article regarding yesterday's introduction 
of the 2000 
>Salmon Recovery Planning Act:
>        "I want to thank Representatives McDermott and Petri for 
their leadership 
>on this important issue.  We have a chance to do this right.  We can 
>protect the threatened Snake River salmon and ensure that families 
in Washington, Oregon and Idaho don't incur 
>economic hardships.  The way to do that is to bring all of the parties 
>the table ... the environmental community ... the Native tribes 
in the region 
>.... the fishermen, anglers and sportsmen ... the farmers ... the 
>and barge pilots ... the railroads ... and the families who live 
in the 
>communities along the river.  Today, there are no wolverines in 
>.... prior generations allowed fur traders to wipe them out.  Nor 
are there 
>any Graylings ... loggers removed so many trees at the turn of the 
century that 
>our lakes and rivers became too warm for the fish to survive.  Let's 
>see the day when there are no salmon in the Pacific Northwest ..
. let's do the 
>proper planning to make sure we protect both the salmon and the 
families who live in the region ... let's follow the principals laid 

>out in the McDerrmott / Petri legislation."
>U.S. Newswire, July 19, 
>2001 Statement 
>by Coordinator of Snake River Campaign at Taxpayers for Common Sense 
on the 
>Introduction of the Salmon Planning Act 
>The following is a written statement of Autumn 
>Hanna, coordinator of Snake River Campaign at Taxpayers for Common 
Sense on the 
>introduction of the Salmon Planning Act: 
>Taxpayers for Common Sense applauds 
>Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) for introducing the Salmon Planning 
Act of 
>2001 today. Rep. McDermott, along with Reps. Tom Petri (R-WI), Jim 
Leach (R-IA), 
>David Bonior (D-MI) and fourteen others are leading the way to ensure 
that we 
>are ready to remove the four dams on the Lower Snake river if the 
>billion dollar techno-fixes fail to save salmon from threatened 
>This bill is a win for the taxpayer. Fish 
>recovery schemes such as barging and trucking have proven to be 
>failures. Engaging in long-range planning on the lower Snake River 
is just 
>plain, fiscally responsible. 
>Washington has been selling the taxpayer down 
>the river. This bill provides a plan to escape this river of fiscal 
>It seems the federal government's response to 
>the expensive threat of extinction is to throw buckets of money 
at half-baked 
>solutions like barging and trucking of salmon. This legislation 
recognizes the 
>need to be prepared if we eventually decide to partially remove 
the four dams. 
>This legislation is responsible and simply makes 
>sense. It doesn't order the dams removed. But it does recognize 
that if we get 
>to the point where removal is necessary to avoid the high taxpayer 
cost of 
>extinction, we better be prepared. This legislation sets up a common 
>process to figure out what we would need to do to reduce the impact 
to the local 
>economies and people who benefit and use the four dams today. 

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