January 11, 1999
In his policy draft, "Extinction is Not an Option," it states, "Individual farmers will be the first level of the accountability system."
Also, it adds, "...with enhanced enforcement of existing environmental laws and regulations," "...implementation monitoring," "...default actions," "...random audits," "...federal sanctions," "...increased enforcement," and "...identify farms that are not in compliance and report this information to the appropriate agency."
The draft talks about a "farm plan," but there is no farm plan described, only "enforcement sanctions." The draft, as written, is not about saving salmon, but it is about the extinction of farmers.
"The amount of 'surplus' fish and eggs is quite large. Between 1980 and 1992, the state hatcheries sold $4,943,790.00 in carcasses and $4,651,134.00 in eggs." (The Citizen's News, March 19, 1994, Judy Hatton, citing WDFW documents.) "At the above prices, that would be 5 to 10 million carcasses and one-half to one billion in eggs." (Dr. Robert Crittenden, "Two Studies of Public Policy in Washington State: The Elite Planners and Salmon at Risk." 1995, p. 57.)
The Snohomish County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a public meeting Jan. 14 at the Garden City Grange Hall, 800 2nd St., Snohomish, Washington, at 7 p.m. to further examine this program of potential destruction aimed at Washington State Farmers.
Don Kehoe, president, Snohomish County Farm Bureau