The long awaited report from the National Research Council supports more water flowing down the river for salmon, and acknowledges that politics and not science have been one of the primary motivations behind recent flow policies. It also supports the Hardy flow study, suppressed for years by the government agency that commissioned it.
But will it make any difference? With decisions like the recent one made by the FERC (see below), the best hope for the river seems to be the stakeholder talks underway between the tribes, irrigators, fishermen and environmentalists.
You can download a PDF summary of the report on this page.