Federal judge orders EPA to protect salmon from warm temps in Columbia River basin
In a decision reported in the Seattle Times, a federal judge has ordered protection for salmon in the Columbia River basin from warm water temperatures that have been lethal to salmon and steelhead as the climate changes.
Salmon in the Columbia River basin have struggled against slow-moving, warm waters produced by dams.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District at Seattle in a 16-page ruling Wednesday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead from dangerously warm water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
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