I want to go way back, way back to perhaps the greatest story of endangered species salvation and recovery known to man and then juxtapose that with yesterday's embarrassingly depressing failed opportunity to move forward toward salmon recovery with the dusted off, hardly polished, based on illegality BiOp.
Noah of the Bible was apparently far more capable than any modern day environmentalist, conservationist, biologist or government agency. I mean this guy builds an ark (large boat for those of you slow on the uptake) and goes about collecting two, only two (1 male, 1 female) of every land animal on earth and a lot of the birds, too. We can presume waterfowl were fine during the great flood and fish probably thought it was great, too.
Anyway, this guy Noah and his family rides out the storm and then when land shows up again somehow goes about successfully, mind you, restoring every single species of land animal, including humans, in spectacular fashion.
Fast forward to modern times, reincorporate into your mindset the failure that is last 20 years when it comes to wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia/Snake and factor in the pronunciation of the acronym for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration that which we call NOAA and understand yesterday's unveiling of the BiOp proper was a disgusting reminder our wild salmon and steelhead have no chance of recovery so long as these guys continue with their Stockholm Syndrome as they relate to the inaction agencies. I don't know, but building this BiOp on the illegal frameworks of past BiOps makes me think NOAA has graduated to driver in this misguided dams supercede salmon in any reasonable and prudent plan and power production, though easily replaced, trumps salmon recovery efforts that have shown improvements so let's minimize spill.
You have to believe the reason this (apologies to the Sierra Club spokesperson) Groundhog Day plan was released with less spill, more band-aid approach with no consideration of breaching four lower Snake dams and no mention of collaboration in the form of a Solutions Table has to be born out of he who shall actually be named here, Reprehensible Doc Hastings Eastern Washington dams' man in Congress, and his paranoid reaction to retired Judge Redden's "those dams have got to go" admission in 2012.
It's the only thing that makes sense here. These agencies are digging in like ticks on indefensible ground because Doc believed Redden was a homer for salmon huggers. Doc went about threatening NOAA who dared ask Pacific Northwest residents about what direction salmon recovery should go and you remember his Save Our Dams legislation that went nowhere and will go nowhere. And you remember Doc crying foul at Redden sharing his opinion of lower Snake dam removal.
That's why NOAA continues to fail to live up to their namesake Noah (metaphorically speaking), that's why you get a plan that is truly hardly changed at all from its illegal predecessor, because they want this retried in court because they believe Redden didn't follow the law. Of course you should comment on the BiOp and the implementation plan (both provided for you in this blog). Of course you should try to convince NOAA their kidnappers aren't their friends, sorry, that they should alter this plan with augmented spill, increased experimental spill, dam breaching study, and a collaborative process blueprint with definitive timeline for creation of a solutions table. But don't hold your breath because Doc, NOAA and the inaction agencies want this to go to court.
I say we'll see you in court.