Coalition files complaint against Obama salmon plan

A coalition of fishing business representatives and conservation groups have renewed their opposition to the federal salmon plan by filing an updated complaint with the U.S. Federal District Court in Portland, Oregon. The complaint states that the plan, released in May, violates the federal Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and other federal laws.

In May, the Obama administration released its version of a plan to protect 13 stocks of salmon and steelhead, four of which live in Idaho, after being ordered by U.S. District Judge James Redden to review the Bush administration’s 2008 plan. Fisheries groups say the Obama plan was changed little from the Bush plan, with the exception of adding an adaptive management component, in which breaching dams would be considered if fish populations dropped significantly.

The plans are biological opinions issued by the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is charged with protecting fish listed under the Endangered Species Act.

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