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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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NOAA reviewing another State of Washington HCP for incidental take of salmonid species in Wahkiakum County.

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73 Fed. Reg. 44705 (Thursday, July 31, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish; Notice of availability and request for comment).

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Wahkiakum County (Wuh-Ki-uh-kuhm), the 3rd smallest county in Washington, was created by the territorial legislature in 1854. The name comes from a Kathlamet Indian village located on the north bank of the Columbia River near the present town of Cathlamet. Chief Wakaiyakam, whose name the village took, is buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Cathlamet. Wahkiakum means "tall timber" in Chinook.  Photo and caption from Washington Government Website.

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), for a direct take permit  pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The duration of the proposed Permit is ten years. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the permit application. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review pursuant to the ESA.

EXCERPT: NMFS expects to take action on an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) submittal received from the applicant. In an application received on July 11, 2008, WDFW submitted an application to NMFS for an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for the direct take of ESA-listed threatened Lower Columbia River Chinook salmon, Lower Columbia River Coho salmon, and Columbia River Chum salmon from the Grays River in Wahkiakum County, Washington. A temporary weir will be installed in the lower Grays River in order to complement existing adult salmonid monitoring efforts in the Grays River in developing accurate and precise estimates of total abundance, and to promote recovery of the Grays River fall Chinook salmon population through the removal of non-local hatchery Chinook salmon.