01/25/13 - 8:58am
Most Americans recognize that it is the government’s role to build and maintain infrastructure, like roads, airports and harbors, to support economic activity. Healthy freshwater salmon habitat is an essential part of the infrastructure for our commercial salmon, seafood processing, sportfishing and tourism industries. Rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands directly support the several hundred million dollars that salmon-related businesses bring to the local economy every year. We didn’t have to build this infrastructure but our government has the responsibility to maintain it.