‘Not good enough.’ Feds being sued over new decision to leave Snake River dams standing

Tri-City Herald

A coalition of environmental and fishing groups will ask the courts to intervene for a sixth time after the federal government again decided not to breach the four lower Snake River hydroelectric dams.

Earthjustice on Thursday filed a 60-day notice of intent to file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of 11 environmental and fishing organizations seeking to restore endangered salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia rivers.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in the region — including tribes, scientists, energy experts, and fishing businesses— told the agencies to remove the four dams that are causing the most harm to the fish and to our communities,” said Earthjustice attorney Todd True.

“But the Trump administration did not listen and rubber-stamped a plan that yet again fails to take the legally required actions necessary to protect salmon and steelhead,” he said.