Letter: Still waiting on habitat restoration

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When government agencies or other organizations stall, refuse, or otherwise delay proven science-driven habitat restoration designed to save our threatened and endangered steelhead and salmon populations, isn't this a violation of the Endangered Species Act?

Over the past six years, scientists have presented Natural Resource Conservation Services-approved habitat restoration plans for the lower East Fork Lewis River to local, state and federal agencies that are mandated to save these fish.

To date, permitting and funding for these restoration efforts in critical habitat have primarily been refused or delayed, jeopardizing the recovery of these ESA-listed fish.

Isn't this a violation of the Endangered Species Act?

Ben Dennis

VANCOUVER