Dearest President & Congress: The shutdown has gone on long enough, but let’s get the government going again — two days without Columbia fish counts is killing me!
As of 8 this morning, salmon passage numbers for Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day Dams haven’t been updated since Monday, the day before federal agencies crawled into a fetal ball and put out notices to stay off our wildlife refuges, campgrounds, etc.
Especially during this mother-of-all fall king runs up the crick!!
Even worse — it looks like we’re going to have to actually do some work today — the Bonneville fish cams are off, meaning we can’t watch all the fat fishies swim past the viewing window!!!
A notice on the Army Corps of Engineers’ dam cam page says: “Due to the government shutdown, this website may not be up-to-date or responsive. More information is posted at USA.gov.”
Michele DeHart at the Fish Passage Center in Portland reposts daily fish counts from the Corps’ data for those three dams. She says her outfit has been in constant contact with the few federal staffers on duty at the dams, but don’t have counts yet for Oct. 1 and 2.
“We are trying and will post counts as soon as we get them,” she vows.
On the flip side, at least the budget impasse didn’t start back on Sept. 7, the start of a five-day, 250,000-Chinook surge through Bonneville that drove the Northwest batty.
In the meanwhile, fresh figures for the lower Snake dams and McNary are available.
And, oh, look at that, as of 8:20ish Thursday morning, Michele and crew were finally able to post Tuesday’s tallies for the dams.
But our point remains: Obama, Reid, Boehner, et al, get to work!