[Vision2020] Shoot the messenger
moscowcares at moscow.com
Thu Nov 29 01:27:36 PST 2018
Courtesy of today’s (November 29, 2018) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with thanks to Linwood Laughy.
Letter: Shoot the messenger
Hey, Idaho steelhead anglers and fishing guides, good job shooting the messengers.
You know, those folks who for the past 20-plus years have fought to protect salmon and steelhead spawning grounds from excessive sediment and mining pollution, required screens on irrigation intake facilities and challenged the federal government's illegal 20-year failed fish policies and wild fish recovery efforts. Yes, kick those greenies in the teeth for telling us the truth: Idaho's wild salmon and steelhead runs are in collapse; Bonneville Power Administration is in financial crisis and cutting its fish and wildlife budget; and that one day, electricity ratepayers are going to tire of spending 15 percent of their monthly power bills so sports anglers and guides can catch a dwindling, costly supply of hatchery fish.
Thanks as well to Idaho's Department of Fish and Game for firing the first shot. Nah, IDFG's 10-year failure to operate legal steelhead seasons isn't the department's fault. It's the National Marine Fisheries Service's fault. They're the slowpokes. And IDFG knows why: it's those pesky greenies again, those fish-hugging do-gooders adding to NMFS's workload by demanding the feds heed the law and do their job.
This year's Snake River salmon and steelhead runs are among the worst in 40 years. The number of jack salmon and steelhead predicts next year will be worse. Because of ocean conditions? Dams? Fish management? Nah. It's the greenies! Without them, we could fish, fish, fish ... until the fish are gone.
Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
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