Cowlitz Tribe concerned about impact of Army Corps project
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Cowlitz Tribe
of Washington is opposing an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
project on the Toutle River.
The Army Corps wants to raise the spillway at a dam to address sediment on the river.
The tribe says the proposal could hurt runs of endangered salmon and steelhead.
"We are a salmon tribe," Shannon Wills, a biologist for the tribe, told The Longview Daily News. "This is our cultural heritage. How can you be a salmon people if you don't have a salmon?"
The Army Corps released a draft environmental assessment of the proposal in February. The tribe wants the agency to prepare a more thorough environmental impact statement.
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Cowlitz Indian tribe opposes Toutle River sediment project
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