Congressional Magic: Nevada Now on the Pacific Ocean!

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  1. carpro

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    http://biggovernment.com/publius/20...-nevada-now-on-the-pacific-ocean/#more-206688

    Congressional Magic: Nevada Now on the Pacific Ocean!
    by Publius

    Today, the Democrats dropped a 1,900 page spending binge on the American public. With their grip on Capitol Hill expiring in just a few weeks, Democrats are rushing through one last party on the taxpayer dime.

    No doubt, many spending whoppers will be unearthed as the bill becomes more public, but this little gem, passed to us by a source on Capitol Hill, really caught our eye:

    PACIFIC COASTAL SALMON RECOVERY
    For necessary expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations, $80,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2012: Provided, That of the funds provided herein the Secretary of Commerce may issue grants to the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Alaska, and Federally-recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast (including Alaska) for projects necessary for conservation of salmon and steelhead populations that are listed as threatened or endangered, or identified by a State as at risk to be so-listed, for maintaining populations necessary for exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing, or for conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and steelhead habitat, based on guidelines to be developed by the Secretary of Commerce….

    Hmm…Last time we checked, Nevada was landlocked and didn’t remotely touch the Pacific Ocean or any of the tributaries of the Columbia River (which run extensively through Idaho.)

    Now, how would Nevada get to be eligible for grants to protect the Pacific Salmon. Do the fish have a gambling addiction?
     
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    Harry Reid is a snake.
     
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    You inlanders don't eat salmon? It is especially good hard smoked, called "Indian candy."
     
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    Nevada stakes its salmon claim

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    Salmon were so important that 19th century Nevada law prohibited dams without fish ladders.

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    But Nevada's fish-passage law, still on the books, ultimately failed to save the state's chinook runs. In the early 1900s, private power and irrigation companies started building permanent dams in Idaho and Oregon, blocking the return of salmon and steelhead to this far-flung stretch of the Columbia River Basin. The federal government joined the dam-building frenzy, and Nevada's last salmon vanished after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation closed the gates on Owyhee Dam in December 1932. Any hope of modifying those dams to restore fish passage ended when the three massive Hells Canyon dams were added to the main stem of the Snake River between 1958 and 1967.

    Nevada's love for its native wild salmon nevertheless survived, and the state's sportsmen now are campaigning for their return. At their urging, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev., has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not to renew Idaho Power Co.'s license for the Hells Canyon dams unless the privately owned hydropower giant provides fish passage, as mandated by its original license in 1955.

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    Meanwhile, sportsmen, fish biologists and other salmon advocates believe Reid's involvement could help prevent the remaining Snake River salmon and steelhead stocks from becoming extinct, keeping their wild genetics alive and viable for the day when there is again salmon passage all the way to Nevada.

    "I may never catch a salmon," says Johnson of the Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife. "It's just the thought that my grandchild might see that."

    "This should put more pressure on the people who own the dams to finally do something," adds Tom Smith, president of the Truckee River Fly Fishers. "If they don't, sportsmen and politicians are finally going to take action against them. It's a big snowball they're not going to be able to stop." "

    - rest at www.hcn.org/issues/363/17486
     
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    Thanks for the backup. :thumbs:
     

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