Work group’s final report offers no solid fish recovery recommendations

The Challis Messenger

A group brought together by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to find ways to bolster faltering salmon and steelhead populations has agreed to encourage habitat restoration but avoided making a decision about breaching dams.

The report by the Republican governor’s work group flatly states it’s not a recovery plan. Rather, it’s a list of recommendations approved by the group that includes conservationists, power companies, farmers, tribes, irrigators and ranchers.

At the group’s first meeting in June 2019, Little tasked members with finding achievable goals to improve struggling salmon and steelhead populations. They met 16 times through December to hash out recommendations, including creating a statewide inventory of habitat in all river basins and collaborating with property owners and water users to improve habitat.

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