Lawsuit Calls On NMFS To Take More Direct Action In Ensuring Cold Water Refuges For Salmon, Steelhead; ‘ESA Not A Paper Tiger’

Government paperwork does not help salmon and steelhead migrate through the overheated waters of the Columbia River, asserted an environmental group in a lawsuit filed this week against the federal agency in charge of protecting threatened and endangered salmon. The suit alleges the federal government is failing to ensure cold-water refuges “where fish can seek relief from dangerously high river temperatures in the Columbia.”

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