June 9, 2005

Salmon Plan Ruling

This program examines a recent ruling by a federal judge regarding the Bush Administration's salmon recovery plan. Federal District Judge James Redden ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service's 2004 biological opinion did not meet standards for recovering salmon.

One of the major flaws, according to the judge, was that the plan, for the first time, classified dams as a natural part of the landscape. Environmentalists have argued for years that dams make it more difficult for anadromous fish to migrate from rivers to the ocean and back.

Does the opinion put four controversial lower Snake River dams on the endangered species list? What's next? Marcia Franklin talks with three guests about the issues raised by the judge's ruling.