Oregon Wild Takes Legal Action

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, February 13 2012 at 6:18 PM, Updated: Mon, February 13 2012 at 7:27 PM

Conservation group, Oregon Wild is suing the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Marine Fisheries Service.


"For years, the federal government has pumped water all over the Rogue Valley without doing anything to find out how all of the canals, tunnels, dams, and dikes are impacting threatened salmon,” Oregon Wild says. Most of water diverted by the Bureau’s Rogue Basin Project is used for commercial agricultural. Oregon Wild is trying to get the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to produce and adopt, an endangered species plan to protect Coho salmon in southern Oregon’s Rouge Basin creeks and spawning streams. A “Biological Opinion,” is a management plan that's mandated under the federal Endangered Species Act and was never legally completed by the Bureau despite a decade of promises to do so. A public comment session will be held in Yreka on Tuesday and at the Jackson County Parks Auditorium on Wednesday from 5-8:30pm.

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