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Maine's Great Works and the Columbia-Snake Opportunity
When demolition of the Elwha River dams in Washington State began last fall, conservationists, tribes and businesses celebrated as a river was restored. Mere weeks later, the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was destroyed and a river reborn. We have a lot to learn from both river restorations as the fish begin to return, but in the meantime we are beginning to develop a template for how these processes can bring success.
This month, we have another region of the country helping set the bar for solutions to protect salmon, restore rivers, and create jobs: New England’s Penobscot River Watershed. Negotiations amongst stakeholders including industry, the Penobscot Tribe, local business, and federal agencies will result in nearly 1,000 miles of Penobscot River habitat being restored through the purchase and decommissioning of one dam, Howland Dam, and the purchase and removal of two others, the Veazie and Great Works.
TAKE ACTION: Visualize your support for salmon!
Starting today - Endangered Species Day - we're reaching out to you for some help on visualizing support for wild salmon and the communities that depend upon them.
Show your support - submit a photo!
1) Print out one of the sample messages from this PDF or create your own.
2) Gather your friends and family (or go solo) and snap a few photos that carry the message of a stakeholder solutions table for salmon. Let your creativity fly!
3) Send your best photo to me - - and include your full name along with city and state. Please keep images below 6MB. You can also post your picture on Save Our Wild Salmon's Facebook wall. We'll deliver the photos to the Obama administration soon.
Spill, Judge Redden, & the Need for a New Process
Two recent public announcements underscore the importance of a new stakeholder process to solve the Columbia-Snake salmon crisis:
1) The release of a new comprehensive analysis by state, tribal and federal salmon biologists , which shows that spilling water over federal dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers could get us closer to salmon recovery than previously thought. Increasing spill may not be enough to fully restore some Snake River populations, but it can sure help.
2) Judge James Redden publicly endorsed the removal of the four lower Snake River dams and suggested that past politics may have prevented successful, science-driven policy.
These two new announcements both deserve thorough discussion and attention. Currently, however, there is not a place for that transparent conversation to occur, where the pros, cons, and tradeoffs of these suggestions can be openly discussed. A new process is needed where the folks most impacted by such decisions, including the regional agency heads, can sit down and make sound decisions for the region and our wild salmon populations.
Judge Redden Supports Dam Removal
Time for a Solutions Table
Yesterday, via a video interview with Earthfix news, U.S. Judge James Redden endorsed lower Snake River dam removal to save wild salmon.
Judge Redden, who resigned from the long-running salmon case last November after more than a decade, is intimately familiar with both the law and the science around Snake River salmon restoration. His remarks are his strongest statement on federal salmon policy to date.
In addition to supporting lower Snake River dam removal and spilling more water to help salmon, Judge Redden also alluded, as many others have, to the ongoing scenario of politics trumping science in the Columbia-Snake Basin. “The politics of it makes it difficult for some of the scientists,” he said.