Last week, the federal government released the most important plan so far to save endangered Snake River salmon.
When it’s final, possibly late this year, the proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service will change the region’s hydropower system, hatchery operations, land management, and commercial fishing.
Environmentalists and many biologists think the recovery plan doesn’t go far enough. Some key industries and politicians believe it goes too far. Everyone will try to influence the final version of the plan.
Today, The Spokesman-Review devotes pages A10 and A11 to explaining the controversy over salmon and answers readers’ questions about this complicated issue.