Letters to the Editor

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SALMON: Improve dam for White River fish

Each year, taxpayers spend more than $150 million on salmon restoration in the streams around Puget Sound. For too long the decrepit Buckley Dam and its antiquated fish passage facility on the White River have undermined this significant investment, threatening the survival and recovery of Puget Sound chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, must upgrade both the fish passage system and the dam itself by 2020 in order to protect salmon and comply with the Endangered Species Act.

Washington’s congressional delegation must

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CLIMATE: Our winters too cold for pythons

The Burmese pythons now in Florida will cross many state lines and become established in Washington and Oregon by 2100 if temperatures continue to rise, according to a federal study. And Congressman Norm Dicks says that it’s time to make sure that no more of these snakes are allowed to enter the United States or to cross state lines (TNT, 1-16).

The writers of this federal python study, Dicks and perhaps even those Burmese pythons in Florida need to be informed of the NOAA National Climatic Data Center reports indicating that our Northwest winter temperatures have actually been trending

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