Judge OKs more time for salmon plan

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - A federal judge has given the Obama administration another month before informing him of its plans for improving salmon restoration efforts in the Columbia Basin.

Acting on a request by NOAA Fisheries Service, U.S. District Judge James Redden on Monday set a new deadline of Sept. 15 for the agency to tell him its new position on balancing salmon against federal hydroelectric dam operations in the Columbia Basin.

The agency had said it wanted the extra month to inform the parties involved of its position.

Redden told NOAA Fisheries last May that the government has spent the last decade treading water on salmon restoration and it is time to get serious, or he will find the biological opinion developed by the Bush administration in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

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