The city of Seattle will include a program for fish passage around its dams on the Skagit River, as part of a settlement with the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of a case on behalf of the tribe and of salmon that live in the river.
That program was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as part of the city’s license renewal request for those hydroelectric dams. These are strange times indeed, when FERC becomes the guarantor of river rights.
There are at least two ways of approaching such cases on rights: rights of nature itself (fish, rivers, etc.), or rights of humans.
Human rights are the subject of the Florida citizen petition for a state constitutional amendment for Rights to Clean and Healthy Water.
Florida registered voters, please sign that petition:
And then please get your friends and relatives to sign it.
This Seattle case used both approaches, according to the Continue reading