Columbia Basin Salmon and the Courts: Reviving the Parity Promise

14 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017

Date Written: June 14, 1995


This article discusses two landmark judicial decisions of 1994: Idaho Department of Fish & Game v. National Marine Fisheries Service and Northwest Resource Information Center v. Northwest Power Planning Council. Despite agency attempts to restore depleted salmon runs in the Columbia River system caused by hydroelectric development and operations, both decisions held that the agencies violated the law by not acting fast enough or going far enough in restoration efforts. Professor Blumm explains how the decisions and their aftermath could have a significant effect on efforts to preserve and restore beleaguered Columbia River salmon runs.

Keywords: Hydropower, Fish and Wildlife, Salmon, Endangered Species, Federalism

JEL Classification: H11, H77, H82, K23, K32, K41, N52, N72, O13, O44, Q22, Q25, Q28, Q42, Q48, R53

Suggested Citation

Blumm, Michael C., Columbia Basin Salmon and the Courts: Reviving the Parity Promise (June 14, 1995). Environmental Law, Vol. 25, No. 351, 1995. Available at SSRN:

Michael C. Blumm (Contact Author)

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