"The Corps' request to the Ninth Circuit to overturn Judge Redden's decision would allow the agency to withhold water needed to flush juvenile salmon out to sea. Officials estimate that up to a half-million young salmon -- some protected by the Endangered Species Act -- will perish if the water is withheld. The Corps of Engineers wants to hold back the water to generate electricity later in the summer. The release of this water was ordered last week after the Court concluded that the plan to curtail water releases likely violates federal law."
"Of all the millions of dollars spent trying to rescue vanishing salmon runs in these rivers, one of the most effective technique has been this release of water at just the right time -- which is now. To withhold the water from these fish is bad resource management, bad economics, and bad environmental policy. It is also illegal.
"The government's decision to ask the Ninth Circuit to overturn Judge Redden's injunction sends an unfortunate message to the people of the Northwest: this administration thinks a half million salmon 'ain't worth a dime.' That narrow view is well outside the mainstream of what people in this region want."
Todd True, an attorney in the Seattle office of Earthjustice, has battled in court for many years on behalf of the salmon.