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SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 105
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SJM105.........................................by RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT
SALMON - Stating opposition to abandoning the spilling of salmon in favor
of barging in efforts to protect the future of the salmon in the Snake and
Columbia River Systems.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 105
BY RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE
1 A JOINT MEMORIAL
2 TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES IN CONGRESS
3 ASSEMBLED, TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION REPRESENTING THE STATE OF IDAHO
4 IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS,
5 AND TO THE BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION.
6 We, your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the
7 State of Idaho assembled in the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-fourth
8 Idaho Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
9 WHEREAS, no single issue in recent times has been given more extensive
10 study and debate than the future of the salmon in the Snake and Columbia river
11 systems; and
12 WHEREAS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Admin-
13 istration are now in the position of urging that the practice of spilling to
14 aid the juvenile steelhead to make the migration be discontinued in favor of
15 increased barging; and
16 WHEREAS, focusing on barging to the exclusion of all other alternatives is
17 seen by most experts as an unnecessary risk with the very real potential that
18 the entire program will fail; and
19 WHEREAS, there is no apparent reason to abandon the present programs in
20 favor of barging; and
21 WHEREAS, a program of spilling to aid the fish in the years when that is
22 possible and barging in concert with the spill program helps to spread the
23 risks to the annual migration and preserve the fish run; and
24 WHEREAS, residents of the state of Idaho are genuinely concerned about the
25 future of the salmon fish run and must take an active role participating in
26 the decisions which affect the future of all Idaho residents.
27 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
28 sion of the Fifty-fourth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre-
29 sentatives concurring therein, that we urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
30 and the Bonneville Power Administration to reassess the most recent program
31 recommendations and retain a policy of spreading the risks to assure perpetua-
32 tion of the salmon fish run in the Salmon and Columbia river systems. We
33 oppose any action which would move toward dependence on the barging option to
34 the exclusion of other options.
35 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate be, and she is
36 hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this Memorial to the Pres-
37 ident of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Con-
38 gress, and the congressional delegation representing the State of Idaho in the
39 Congress of the United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bon-
40 neville Power Administration.