Northwest NEWS

January 22,2001

Editorial

Efforts to protect salmon will be reasonable in Snohomish County

The survival of our Northwest chinook salmon passed a significant milestone on Jan. 8 when a federal law took effect making it illegal to harm chinook or their habitat.
   As dramatic as the Endangered Species Act's "4(d)" rule sounds, it should have significantly less direct impact on human activities in Snohomish County because our county, city and tribal governments, along with local governments in King and Pierce counties, have been working diligently and cooperatively with the federal government to meet the requirements of the law on our own terms and under our own local control.
   The county is committed to restoring salmon and protecting our quality of life here in Snohomish County.
   At the same time, we are also committed to recognizing and protecting the interests of property owners and businesses. A healthy government and a healthy economy are essential and compatible.
   I want to assure the citizens of Snohomish County that local efforts designed to preserve and enhance chinook salmon will be reasonable, rational and effective. Rural and urban areas of our county will be treated equitably.
   The latest information on our salmon recovery efforts is available on the county's Web site (www.co.snohomish.wa.us).
   If residents have concerns or questions about the local recovery program, I encourage them to contact me at (425) 388-3494 or e-mail me at (dave.somers@co.snohomish.wa.us).
   Dave Somers, Snohomish County Chair