Judge Approves Third Extension Allowing Parties In Lawsuit Over Columbia River Basin Salmon Recovery To Keep Talking

Most parties in the litigation challenging NOAA Fisheries 2020 biological opinion of the Columbia/Snake river federal hydroelectric system asked an Oregon U.S. District Court last week to extend a stay that has been in effect since 2021. The 60-day pause would allow the litigants –fisheries advocates, states, tribes and federal agencies – to continue to hammer out a lasting agreement on how to operate a hydro system while recovering threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

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