Will We Continue to Protect Salmon?

the broad powers that made the Clean Water Act so effective are slowly disintegrating, and The habitat most critical to the long-term vitality of our fisheries in Washington State could be severely threatened.

10-17-2009 // Liz Hamilton and Mark Heckert, Salmon and Steelhead Journal

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One thing every good angler knows is that our waters are all connected. The small streams and wetlands higher up in a watershed feed into larger lakes and rivers, which eventually connect to our coastal waters.

Salmon depend on the health of this entire system - from headwaters to estuaries - to support their complex life cycles. Wild salmon are the energy that fuels both the natural cycle and our local economy. When we talk about maintaining the survival of our precious wild salmon, we are talking about the survival of an inter-connected system that defines the natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Luckily Congress understood these connections in 1972 when it enacted the Clean Water Act to not only protect our major rivers and lakes, but also the headwaters so critical to water quality and our five native salmon species. However, these protections were removed during the Bush Administration, and it is now up to Congress to create a responsible solution.

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