ABC News(NEW YORK) — Conservation group American Rivers has named Snake River, which passes through four Western states, the most endangered river in the country due to a series of dams that it says are threatening the existence of the river’s native salmon population.“They’ve never been closer to extinction than they are today. We’ve got to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River,” said Amy Souers Kober, an American Rivers spokesperson.The Snake River Basin is home to half of all Pacific salmon in the lower 48 states, the group wrote in a statement.The fishing industry in the region alone generates $5 billion annually and supports more than 36,000 jobs, according to American Rivers.“When people don’t come to fish, then the cash registers aren’t ringing and that’s had a pretty big economic impact,” said Mark Deming, of Northwest River Supplies, an outdoor gear and equipment company.For decades, some environmental activists have been advocating for breaching, or getting rid of, the earthen portion of the dams, on the river. But the dams also serve a purpose for farmers, supporting their 5 million acres of land in southeastern Washington State alone, and aiding in the transportation of 10% of the nation’s wheat exports, which travel by barge, according to the Idaho State government.Wheat farmer Tom Kammerzell said the river system is environmentally friendly and cost effective.“There’s a very slim margin of profits in wheat,” said Kammerzell. “It would be impossible to continue to be able to produce [without the river].”Currently, Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson wants to have $33.5 billion from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan earmarked to save the Snake River. His plan includes removing the earthen part of the dams to clear the waterways, replacing the energy produced at the dams, and upgrading the transportation and irrigation services that the dams provide, hoping to make the communities that the river serves, like the farmers, whole until they can supplement shipping methods.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Broward officials are preparing to join the rest of the state in allowing summer camps, movie theaters and bowling alleys to reopen.County Administrator Bertha Henry signed an order last Friday that allows for summer camps to open Monday, June 8. The order also allows for businesses such as movie theaters and bowling alleys to open their doors at a maximum capacity of 50 percent on Monday, June 15.The business’ operation must adhere to social distancing and facial covering guidelines, and to sanitation recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Parimutuels will also be allowed to open June 15, after the county’s approval of a COVID-19 mitigation and sanitation plan.Emergency Order 20-15 – youth activities, including summer camps can open on Monday, June 8. Vacation rentals can resume June 15, provided a reopening plan has been submitted to the County and approved by County Administrator. https://t.co/jYONpPKN7s pic.twitter.com/0S7SNdJXcV— Broward County Government (@BrowardCounty) June 6, 2020 Gov. Ron DeSantis last Wednesday announced that movie theaters, bars and bowling alleys for counties outside of Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade would be allowed to reopen as of June 5.South Florida continues to lead the state in the number of infections and deaths, although the three counties have been able to seek DeSantis’ approval to be added to Phase 2 through a written request from each county’s mayor.The June 15 order also permits vacation rentals, and increases the allowable occupancy of museums from 25 to 50 percent. read more
World Cup ChinaNigeria’s men’s senior national basketball team, D’Tigers left for China for the final phase of their 2019 FIBA World Cup preparation last night.The team’s General Manager, Musa Adamu revealed that the team had to wait for the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Amadu Musa Kida to return from Senegal where he went to cheer the D’Tigress to their fourth Afrobasket title before they could leave. “I want to thank the President, Musa Kida specially for again making our trip possible and to participate at the World Cup. Without him and the support of the federation, this would have been a different story altogether,” the team’s manager hinted yesterday.With many wondering whether the much-anticipated financial intervention by the Federal Government has come, the NBBF President Kida said the federation had to internally source for funds through loans.Kida said, the federation cannot afford to allow Nigeria who became the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup to miss out or go to China as mere participants.“The journey has not been easy due to delay in the release of funds by the Federal Government. The federation has bent backwards once again to ensure that we do what we need to do to save Nigeria from global embarrassment of missing the World Cup.”Kida expressed optimism that the Federal Government will intervene and rescue the team and the federation financially before the competition commences.“We are trying to internally generate funds from sponsorships, but before then, the government must support us. The national teams are national property which must be catered for by the government,” Kida reiterated.In his conclusion, the NBBF President said the recent achievement of the D’Tigress and the heroic welcome by Nigerians after winning the 2019 FIBA Afrobasket in Senegal has continued to encourage the federation to trudge on despite the daunting challenges.The coach Alex Nwora-tutored side which has been in camp since July 7th will participate in the Peak Invitational International tournament between the August 22nd and 27th.Nigeria will play against fellow World Cup-bound Iran, Montenegro before playing Poland in Yangzhou as part of their final preparations.Nigeria is grouped alongside Russia, Argentina and Korea at the World Cup which starts on Saturday, August 31.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more