The Snake River salmon recovery plan addresses impacts to listed species resulting from hydrosystem operations, habitat degradation, hatchery production, and harvest.(242) These recovery measures will inevitably have an impact on the Columbia River stocks that have not yet been listed, as well as hatchery fish, both of which share the same ecosystem with the listed species.(243) Federal management agencies such as the Bureau of Reclamation, the Corps of Engineers, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service are likely to refer to the recovery plan as a measure of their obligation with respect to ecosystem management.(244)
(151) The draft Snake River salmon recovery plan sets as its objective improving "Columbia Basin environmental health" as well as recovering the imperiled species.
While a recovery plan arguably should be used to provide a framework to rearrange the priority of activities that make up the "environmental baseline,' it is clear that the draft Snake River salmon recovery plan does not perform this function.