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Courts Rule to Help Salmon Recovery

RICHLAND, Wash.- An appeals court rules on a landmark Salmon law, and it's a decision that could decide the fate of the four lower Snake River dams.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says a 2004 plan violated the Endangered Species Act and ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to change their management of the Columbia Basin's Dams.

The Corps is ordered to pour more water than planned through spillways in an effort to save the lives of young fish.

The decision also leaves open the possibility of tearing out the four lower Snake River dams.

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