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April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Salmon recovery has ripple effects for state’s economy, other ecosystems

A Chinook salmon passes through the Ballard Locks in Seattle. (DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES).

Those who think that the U.S. Congress spends too much money saving salmon or should spread it to other animals don’t understand salmon recovery in Washington state [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Salmon have been decimated across 75 percent of the state. But today, we spend less than one-third of what is needed for recovery. Funding for endangered animals nationwide is


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March 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Thanks for supporting salmon recovery

We disagree with the guest editorial by Timothy Male [“U.S. is overspending to save salmon,” Opinion, March 18].

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with the other members of the Washington state congressional delegation, should be commended for their ongoing support of salmon recovery.

Salmon are a critical component of Pacific Coast ecosystems and of our cultural heritage. They are a focus for recreation, and have supported rural communities stretching from Northern California to Alaska for generations.

Our federal government made promises to Northwest Indian tribes through treaties guaranteeing access to fish indefinitely, and rivers without fish amount to empty promises.


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