Volume Four Number One Late Winter 2000
The Maine salmon Conservation Plan, if implemented, would be an effective tool. However, the State of Maine seems to be mostly giving "lip service" to the plan. Some examples follow:
*Although the State claims to have reduced
withdrawal from the rivers this year, Cherryfield Foods had two
(2) 12 inch irrigation pipes pulling water from the Great Heath
this year (compared to one last year). This continued well into
the fall, as they also watered next year's crop. They pulled
off a bumper crop in a year of severe drought, yet our Governor,
during a visit here, promised to help them get more water. This
is the headwaters of the Pleasant River, and the Heath remained
a good two feet down past November.
The list goes on. Most of these infringements happened this past year. I propose that we need the listing in order to force the State of Maine to implement the Salmon Plan. The State seems more interested in keeping Big Business happy (even foreign corporations which don't even process their berries here) than in making our rivers habitable to fish, whether or not they are a distinct population segment. We need to save the rivers. People and small businesses need not be afraid of listing if they are not doing anything wrong!
Joan McMurray is an organic farmer from Columbia Falls.
Other Articles About Atlantic Salmon in This Issue Quisling Rivalry Atlantic Salmon, Extinction by Politics? Atlantic Salmon Hearings Will We Ever Learn: Report of the Commission to study the Atlantic Salmon (1947) A Fish Tale of Two States