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Restoring Healthy Pacific Salmon Populations

"Today, there are a lot fewer salmon in the waters. And the mission has got to be to fight the decline. The mission has got to be to make sure that we understand that without the salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers that this would be a huge loss to this part of the world. That’s part of what the focus of my short discussion is today, is to let you know that we understand in this administration that we want to work with the local folks to revitalize the salmon runs. The good news is that salmon runs are up. And that’s really positive. And we just need to make sure we keep that momentum."

President George W. Bush
Remarks on Salmon Restoration
Burbank, Washington, August 22, 2003

In November 2001, the Administration began implementing new actions to improve salmon protection and recovery efforts, including a comprehensive public review of its salmon hatchery policies and increasing its support for local recovery efforts, while maintaining current protections for listed salmon species. The President’s FY 2005 budget includes more than $600 million for Columbia River system salmon, through the Department of Energy/Bonneville Power Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce. This amount includes discretionary funding of $342 million, a $15 million increase over 2004.

His budget request also provides $100
million for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund to assist states, tribes, and
local governments with thousands of projects that benefit Pacific coastal salmon in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, and Alaska. This represents a $10 million increase over 2004. Restoration of endangered salmon stocks is important for environmental quality, Native American communities, commercial and recreational fishermen, and the economic vitality of the Pacific Northwest. The Bush dministration is making salmon recovery a top priority in the Columbia River Basin. The Bureau of Reclamation initiated planning for several habitat enhancement projects in several sub-basins of the Columbia system and purchased 427,000 acre-feet of water in the upper Snake River to enhance flows for fish migration.



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September 2004