"a new biological opinion that reevaluates the efficacy of the RPAs in avoiding jeopardy, identifies reasonably specific mitigation plans for the life of the biological opinion, and considers whether more aggressive action, such as dam removal and/or additional flow augmentation and reservoir modifications are necessary to avoid jeopardy."--Judge Redden in 2011
Everyone remember that??? So this Biop goes to flow augmentation and reservoir modifications and doesn't investigate lower Snake dam breaching.
OK, before I go on, I would be remiss if I didn't give the inaction agencies their due in that they did actually mention lower Snake dam removal once on page 146 in reference to that March 2010 joke of a study by the Corps of Engineers (I posted it below). You remember the one that had all those "The Corps would..." in it? I always finished those sentences with "when monkeys fly out of my butt," or "when pigs fly," or, well you get the message and that's exactly the spirit in which that report was produced. Yeah right, breaching ain't happening no matter what, is essentially the culture throughout the inaction agencies. You remember that one, right, it basically set out all the things that would have to occur before the Corps would actually consider looking at writing some detail into a plan for breaching those dams??? Essentially, they had to see the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding through the Lewiston/Clarkston area while a zombie war was into its third year and a large comet was bearing down on earth and nobody could find Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck to hop on one of them space shuttles we scuttled in museums (Yes, that's a 15-year-old movie reference fused with a more recent event, get over it) and then they would ponder some more about the ins and outs of dam breaching. Then they wrote rather robustly about all the damage to salmon all that sediment behind those dams would cause if they ever did breach the dams. You know the sediment that they want to dredge forever at crazy costs to you and I the taxpayer, so crazy they have to get help with a rewrite. Hold on, I'm having an incredulous moment (I'll be back in a second). THEY NEED A REWRITE ON A PLAN THAT COST $16 MILLION TO WRITE IN THE FIRST PLACE, $16 MILLION FOR A FIRST DRAFT!?!?! OK, back now.
But that's not why I'm writing tonight, I'm writing to remind you the deadline to comment on the new buy-off, sorry, Biop (included below again) is September 23. You have 19 days as of this writing and no excuse not to read the plan, again included below (at the bottom, remember the document directly below this is the 2010 dam breaching deal), and comment. That is a Monday.
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