Effects of Salmon Listings (including forestry)
dwheeler at teleport.com
dwheeler at teleport.com
Fri Mar 19 20:16:15 EST 1999
The following article appeared in The Oregonian, March 17, p A1
THE EFFECTS: THEY ARE FAR-REACHING AND WILL TOUCH THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE
When the federal government's protections go into effect in late
spring, harming a threatened salmon or steelhead trout will be punishable by
a maximum of six months in prison and a fine of $25,000. And hurting a fish
classified as endangered could bring a year in prison and the fine - as soon
as 60 days following Tuesday's listings. Northwest residents, businesses,
agriculture and government face potentially touch regulations and
consequences under the new listings:
-High water, sewer and electric bills.
- Replacement of the thousands of culverts statewide that block fish
passage, costing millions.
- Limits on the use of lawn and garden chemicals in areas that drain into
streams. Northwest residents might be asked not to wash cars in neighborhoods
that drain directly into streams.
-Cities and counties with listed salmon populations must develop
construction rules that will protect salmon-bearing streams and rivers.
- Metro, the Portland-area regional planning agency, developed a proposal
last summer that would prohibit construction in certain undeveloped areas
within 25 to 200 feet of streams and rivers, depending on the steepness of
the banks. This would diminish land available for building, affecting
landowners, developers and buyers. - The Portland City Council has
proposed rules that would require new developments to be designed to prevent
storm water from flowing into streams and rivers. - Builders could be
required to complete more thorough environmental reviews before being allowed
to begin a project. They worry that this could slow construction an drive up
- Farms in the Willamette Valley would have to develop plans to control
pollution and protect salmon-bearing waterways, perhaps by restricting the use
of pesticides. Farmers are concerned about the additional costs of such
regulations and the amount of land that could be taken out of production.
- Dairies will be under greater pressure to control runoff from manure.
- Timber companies could face restrictions on logging near streams and
rivers and on steep slopes, further reducing the cut. A committee convened by
the Oregon Board of Forestry will recommend logging rules to the board and the
Legislature that would protect salmon and steelhead.
- Federal agencies issuing permits or developing projects in an area with
listed fish will have to prove to the fisheries service that the project will
not harm fish.
Posted as a courtesy by
Daniel B. Wheeler
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