News of the WeekENDANGERED SALMON

Army Corps Seized by Dam Indecision

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Science  07 Jan 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5450, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5450.27a

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PORTLAND, OREGON-- For years the Army Corps of Engineers has been chewing over the best way to bring back endangered populations of salmon and steelhead along the Snake River. The most controversial proposal--embraced by environmentalists and bitterly resisted by many local residents--is to breach four hydropower dams on the Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River in Idaho and Washington state. At a press conference here on 17 December, the corps announced, to the dismay of both sides, that it was delaying a decision until summer.