Salmon editorial needed space to travel.
"Save the columbia salmon" was encouraged by The Seattle Times editorial page editor Mindy Cameron as a way to rethink the editorial format and take on a pressing Pacific Northwest issue.
Times editorial writers have opined for generations about the political, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of salmon. We love salmon in the Northwest, preferably grilled. Our project came at a time of growing realization that the government had spent $3 billion to save wild salmon runs with scant results.
Everyone had ideas, lots of competing studies had been written, and others were in the works. "Save the Columbia Salmon" tried to lay out the overall picture and present a series of recommendations, most of which pleased no one.
Environmental groups want dams removed, especially four dams on the Snake River Snake River
River, northwestern U.S. It is the largest tributary of the Columbia River and one of the most important streams in the Pacific Northwest. It rises in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and flows south and west through Idaho, turning north at , which feeds into the Columbia River Columbia River
River, southwestern Canada and northwestern U.S. Rising in the Canadian Rockies, it flows through Washington state, entering the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Ore.; it has a total length of 1,240 mi (2,000 km). . Taking out dams is a popular position. Our editorial was skeptical of the benefits, and believed that complex economic and political relationships made it an impossible goal. Why waste the time? We thought there were more productive battles to fight.
What the Times recommended, among other things, was dropping the water level behind one major Columbia River dam to enhance fish habitat along an 80-mile stretch of river. This promises the best results for salmon recovery. Agribusiness, barge, and hydropower hy·dro·pow·er
Hydroelectric power. interests oppose this approach.
Ross Anderson and I were not interested in facile (language) Facile - A concurrent extension of ML from ECRC.
["Facile: A Symmetric Integration of Concurrent and Functional Programming", A. Giacalone et al, Intl J Parallel Prog 18(2):121-160, Apr 1989]. condemnation of the dams that changed the face of the Pacific Northwest. The equation for fish survival and decline was much too complicated, and it involved failures to build dams as designed, farming and logging practices, climate, ocean conditions, harvest, predators, hatcheries, and all the usual indignities suffered by nature at the hands of a growing population.
So how to say all that even in a blown-out editorial format? A key to conveying the information was Times news graphic artists. Their work was coordinated by associate editorial page editor James Vesely and editorial copy editor Ken Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal is the senior Major League Baseball columnist for FoxSports.com. In 2006, he began to serve as the lead field reporter for MLB on FOX and is the field reporter for FOX's coverage of the World Series. .
Graphic artists Chris Soprych and Chuck Eichten showed readers how dams work and what changes The Times recommended. They used locator maps and charts to enforce editorial points and make a daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin load of copy approachable.
The result was spread across two-and-a-half broadsheet pages, topped by an editor's note Editor's Note (foaled in 1993 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred Stallion racehorse. He was sired by 1992 U.S. Champion 2 YO Colt Forty Niner, who in turn was a son of Champion sire Mr. Prospector and out of the mare, Beware Of The Cat.
Trained by D. explaining that, like the salmon, "the editorial needed space to travel the distance." The editorial won the 1997 Opinion/Editorial Gold Award in the category of best theme page. The contest was sponsored by the Association of Opinion Page Editors and Penn State University's college of communications.
Will "Save the Columbia Salmon" help save any fish? It's too soon to say, but elements of the debate are slowly turning toward our thoughts on dam drawdowns and how to pay for fish recovery.
Ross and I did the reporting and toured remote dams on frigid frig·id
1. Extremely cold.
2. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse. winter days. That does not count for much without the germ of an idea and the commitment to get the opinion in the newspaper. That's where the editor is key.
NCEW NCEW National Conference of Editorial Writers member Lance W. Dickie is an editorial writer for The Seattle Times.