Save Our wild Salmon: The Blog
Where we candidly and accurately react to and reflect on current affairs impacting wild salmon and salmon jobs. And of course, never missing the opportunity to point out that those obsolete dams on the Lower Snake River need to go. Bloggers include SOS staff, with occassional guest entries.
Seattle Times Judge: Salmon recovery requires big dam changes
By Lynda V. Mapes
May 4, 2016
For the fifth time, a federal judge has called for an overhaul of Columbia and Snake River dam operations to preserve salmon and steelhead. In his ruling, he urged renewed consideration of Lower Snake River dam removal.
A federal judge has called for a new approach to Columbia and Snake River dam operations to preserve salmon and steelhead, with all options on the table for consideration, including dam removal on the Lower Snake River.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon in Oregon on Wednesday invalidated the U.S. government’s 2014 Columbia Basin biological opinion, under which federal agencies operate the Columbia River hydropower system. It’s the fifth time a biological opinion written by the agencies permitting operation of the dams has been struck down by the courts.
In his sweeping, 149-page ruling, Simon sounded about out of patience, quoting rulings over two decades by his predecessors denouncing a system that “cries out for a major overhaul,” and urging consideration of breaching one or more of the four dams on the Lower Snake River. “For more than 20 years, however, the federal agencies have ignored the admonishments and continued to focus essentially on the same approach,” Simon wrote. “ … these efforts have already cost billions of dollars, yet they are failing. Many populations of the listed species continue to be in a perilous state.”
Seattle Times: Lean year for coho means big worries for Westport salmon charters
Low coho runs could mean more economic hardship for already hard-hit Westport and its charter boats.
By Erik Lacitis, April 11, 2016
WESTPORT — As pretty much always, it’s windy and cold on this day by the ocean.
A few tourists poke around the main drag in town, maybe stop in a gift shop and buy caramels. It’s the slow time of the year, with just a couple of boats taking customers out for bottom fishing.
In his office at Deep Sea Charters, Larry Giese, one of the two big local fishing-boat operators, talks about its being a nervous time in this little town of 2,100.
The salmon season could be an unmitigated disaster. Coho — one of five salmon species that migrate out to sea and then return to the state — are in big trouble; the Columbia River hatchery coho are expected to return in half the numbers of last year.
State and tribal fish managers are expected this week to decide whether to cut way back on the commercial and recreational salmon fishery in Washington’s ocean waters — or call it off completely.
“We’re fishermen. We’re not hedge-fund managers and bankers and Internet gurus. We’re fishermen,” says Giese, a member of the state’s sport-fishing advisory board. “We’re already operating on a shoestring of what we used to have.”
An Evening on the Elwha
Town Hall of Seattle
Thursday, May 12, 2016
In 2013, after a successful campaign by the Lower Elwha K'lallam Tribe and local conservationists, the nation’s largest dam removal project was completed on Washington’s Elwha River. More than two years have passed and this newly-restored watershed that links Olympic National Park with the salt waters of the Salish Sea is in the midst of a fascinating and unprecedented transformation. “An Evening on the Elwha” will present a series of rapid-fire presentations by renowned experts from the field who will describe how this rich ecological system is coming back to life before our eyes. Presentations will cover salmon recovery, otters, sediment migration, estuary and coastal restoration, reservoir revegetation, a trip down the re-wilded river, and much more.
Program: 6:30-8:30 (doors open at 5:30)
Tickets: $10 general / $5 senior/student/limited income. Tickets can be purchased here.
Lynda Mapes, author and environmental reporter for the Seattle Times, will emcee the evening program
1. Frances Charles, Lower Elwha K’lallam Tribal Chairwoman
2. George Pess, NOAA-Fisheries Program Manager and Research Fisheries Biologist
3. Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist for Washington Sea Grant
4. Kim Sager-Fradkin, Lower K’lallam Tribal Wildlife Program Manager
5. Sarah Morley, NOAA-Fisheries Research Ecologist
6. Shawn Cantrell, Regional Director for Defenders of Wildlife
7. Joshua Chenoweth, Olympic National Park Restoration Botanist
8. Jonathan A. Warrick, U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist
9. David Spiegel, Outdoor Adventurer/Writer/Photographer, Elwha River 2015 Source to Sea expedition
This event is presented by:
Defenders of Wildlife
National Park Conservation Association
Save Our wild Salmon Coalition
Student Conservation AssociationOlympic Park AssociatesThe MountaineersMountaineers Books
14th Annual Rose' Revival & Cool Whites -
A benefit for Save Our wild Salmon
Doors open at 6 pm - $35 tickets
Special "Early Entry" at 5 pm - $45 ticket
Event ends at 9 pm.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition.
What could be more relaxing than sipping tasty rose' and white wines on the beautiful deck of at Ray's Boathouse watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound?
Be part of this Seattle tradition by joining us at the 14th Annual Rose' Revival and Cool Whites Wine Event on Thursday, May 26th from 6-9pm!
This event features a wide array of dry Washington Rose' and interesting white wines - NO reds! Attendees will meet a variety of Northwest winemakers and taste their rosé made in very small lots from Sangiovese, Syrah, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Grenache, Pinot Noir! The event will also feature a wide array of delicious whites for summer, including varietals such as Semillon, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Albarino, Gruner, & Pinot Blanc!
Ray's will provide tasty treats to accompany.
Proceeds from this event go to support Save Our Wild Salmon, a Northwest-based coalition of conservation organizations, river groups, fishing associations, businesses, working to protect and restore abundant, fishable populations of wild salmon and steelhead by protecting and restoring their rivers and watersheds.
For more information: http://www.wildsalmon.org
This year's Rose Revival and Cool Whites will featuring the following local wineries (so far):
Columbia Basin Bulletin: Songbird Study Shows River Ecosystem Recovery After Dam Removal, Return Of Salmon Nutrients
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
A songbird species that flourishes on the salmon-rich side of dams in the western United States struggles when it tries to nest on the side closed off from the fish and the nutrients they leave behind.
But the songbird and the rest of the divided ecosystem rebounds, faster than some experts expected, when dams come down and rivers are allowed to resume their natural flow.
Two new studies led by Christopher Tonra, assistant professor of avian wildlife ecology at The Ohio State University, illustrate the stress dams impose on species that rely on salmon and the impact of dam removal on the well-being of that wildlife.
The areas previously depleted of salmon are on a fast track to recovery in a shorter time than he ever expected after the dam removal, Tonra said.
"It's exciting to be able to show a real positive outcome in conservation. We don't always get that," he said. "That these rivers can come back within our own generation is a really exciting thing."
During his time conducting the studies in Washington, Tonra watched reservoir beds that looked like moonscapes return to vibrant, rich habitat and cascades emerge where none had been, at least for the last century.
"Watching that happen was just incredible," he said.
Tonra and his colleagues studied the American dipper, a bird set apart by its unusual feeding style. Dippers, which are equipped with a transparent second eyelid (think water goggles for birds), dive below the river's surface and walk the riverbed scouring the rocky floor for meals, mostly aquatic insects in their larval stage. They also eat some small fish, including juvenile salmon when they're available.
Save Our wild Salmon 2015 donor gifts and holiday shopping opportunities
-- Scroll down to learn about our donor gifts and some holiday shopping opportunities.
-- Go here to learn out SOS' 2016 accomplishments and our 2016 priorities.
-- Go here to donate.
Thank you in advance for your support for our work protecting and restoring the Northwest's rivers and its wild salmon and steelhead. Our successes depend on your generous support.
This year, you can combine holiday shopping and your support for wild salmon and healthy rivers.
We're offering great coffee and t-shirts.
Coffee first - as it should be. When you buy these two excellent and delicious (fairly-traded and organically-grown) coffees, a portion of your purchase price comes to SOS:
(1) Roast House Coffee is based in Spokane, WA. When you buy “Free the Snake” coffee in town or online, $8 of eveey bag you purchase goes to support SOS. “Bittersweet, chocolate, and tobacco”.
(2) Grounds For Change is based in Poulsbo, WA. 15% of every bag you buy online comes to SOS. “A dark, rich coffee with a complex flavor and smooth finish.”
Great coffees that make great gifts and help protect wild salmon and steelhead!
Second, the T's. We are also offering two beautiful salmon- and river-saving t-shirts for all gifts to SOS of $75 or more:
(1) “FREE THE SNAKE” Salmon Rally on the River: This design was created by the wonderful people at Patagonia for the (1st Annual) 2015 Flotilla on the banks of the lower Snake River. They went like hotcakes at the rally, so we’ve made a bunch more. By buying and wearing these shirts you're supporting SOS and promoting the campaign to restore the lower Snake! (men and women's sizes available).
(2) Eileen Klatt’s Wild Salmon Watercolor T's: Eileen has generously supported SOS with her stunning artwork to SOS for several years. This shirt features full-color Snake River fish from her epic watercolor collection of wild salmon and steelhead of the Columbia/Snake River Basin.
Remember your gift to SOS is fully tax-deductible. It will help us hit the ground running in 2016 to protect some of our nation's most endangered wild salmon and steelhead by restoring the healthy rivers and habitat they depend upon in the Pacific Northwest!
Thanks so very much for your support – we can’t do it without you!
Take good care,
Save Our wild Salmon
811 First Ave, #305
Seattle, WA 98104
PS – if you have any questions about our work and programs – please reach out. We’d be happy to get together or jump on the phone to talk further and provide additional detail. Thank you! -jb
PPS - Don't forget our raffle! For every $25 you donate to SOS before Dec. 31st, we'll give you a virtual raffle ticket. Our prizes this year: 5 hardcover copies of the acclaimed book "Beyond Words: what animals think and feel" signed by the author - award-winning scientist Dr. Carl Safina.
- Dec 15, 2015 - New York Times: Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred
- Nov 25, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving 2015!
- Nov 19, 2015 - Save Our wild Salmon - Our 2015 Year-end Review!
- Nov 03, 2015 - Salmon and fishing advocates: Speak up for fish and wildlife!
- Sep 16, 2015 - Intertwined Fates: The Orca-Salmon Connection in the Northwest
- Sep 09, 2015 - A Tribute to Zeke Grader - 9.7.2015
- Jun 30, 2015 - Free The Snake: Patagonia’s new short film highlights lower Snake dam removal
- Jun 09, 2015 - Idaho Statesman: Salmon swim in the Owyhee River (Nevada!) after 87 years
- May 01, 2015 - 13th Annual Rose' Revival Benefit Event - June 18 in Seattle
- Apr 22, 2015 - Patagonia Ad: Don't Hold Back
- Feb 18, 2015 - Outside: What Happens When You Demolish Two 100-Year-Old Dams
- Nov 26, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving 2014!
- Oct 13, 2014 - CBB: Dam Removal Study Suggests Rivers Return To Natural Conditions Surprisingly Fast
- Sep 23, 2014 - Snake River Sockeye Make Most Endangered List: New Report Highlights Ten American Species Our Children May Never See
- Sep 15, 2014 - Seattle P-I: Chinook salmon returning to reservoir sites on Elwha River
- Sep 02, 2014 - Associated Press: Orca population in Puget Sound falling
- Aug 26, 2014 - New York Times: Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost
- Aug 26, 2014 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Dworkshak Unit Out
- Aug 20, 2014 - Al Jazeera: Elder’s devotion to ugly fish lives on after his tragic death
- Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: EPA finalizes agreement setting 'buffer zones' around salmon streams
- Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: Hastings blasts leaking dams settlement
- Aug 08, 2014 - KPLU: New Life After Dam Removal: Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha
- Aug 05, 2014 - Associated Press: Army Corps of Engineers will monitor, disclose dam pollution
- Jul 31, 2014 - Nature Science Journal: Dam removals: Rivers on the run
- Jul 21, 2014 - Associated Press: EPA To Protect Salmon Fishery By Blocking Massive Alaska Mine
- Jul 10, 2014 - As dams fall, Elwha River makes stunning recovery
- May 09, 2014 - Remembering a legend: Billy Frank, Jr.
- May 06, 2014 - Statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr.
- Mar 20, 2014 - Northwest News: Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam
- Mar 19, 2014 - Wenatchee World: Wanapum Dam spillway crack, showing algae, likely not new
- Mar 02, 2014 - New York Times: A Reprieve for Bristol Bay
- Feb 01, 2014 - Join SOS and Idaho River Adventures this July for a wild trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River!
- Jan 23, 2014 - Update: a not-so-new Federal Plan for Columbia/Snake salmon and steelhead
- Jan 03, 2014 - New York Times Blog: The Law That Save the Bald Eagle
- Dec 29, 2013 - Is the Northwest regaining lost ground?
- Dec 05, 2013 - An enhanced spill experiment – costs and carbon impacts are modest and manageable.
- Nov 20, 2013 - Seattle Times: Elwha River sees largest run of Chinook in decades
- Oct 23, 2013 - B.C. Releases Draft Columbia River Treaty Recommendations
- Oct 01, 2013 - Action Alert - Salmon Need
- Sep 25, 2013 - LA Times: Big chinook run doesn't let Columbia dams off the hook, activists say
- Sep 12, 2013 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds deal blow to Nez Perce Tribe, salmon advocates
- Sep 05, 2013 - SOS and Idaho River Adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
- Aug 31, 2013 - Announcing a leadership transition for SOS
- Aug 15, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon submits comments on the Columbia River Treaty
- Jul 15, 2013 - Save the law that protects America's natural capital.
- Jul 15, 2013 - Seattle Times: Lamprey Eel - bringing back an ancient species
- Jun 07, 2013 - High Country News Book Review: Elwha, a story of today's West
- May 13, 2013 - All Scientists Are Saying Is…"Give (More) Spill A Chance."
- Apr 10, 2013 - Chicago Tribune: Interior Department recommends removal of Klamath River dams to aid salmon
- Mar 05, 2013 - Farewell to Fenton Roskelley - outdoor writer, sportsman, and conservationist
- Jan 30, 2013 - Change on the Fly
- Jan 17, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes new BPA administrator Bill Drummond
- Jan 11, 2013 - In Gratitude
- Jan 08, 2013 - Thank you for a successful End-of-2012 Fund Drive!
- Dec 04, 2012 - Confusing sockeye hatcheries with sockeye recovery
- Nov 07, 2012 - NOAA, We Have a Problem
- Oct 25, 2012 - Thank you for 13 excellent years
- Oct 22, 2012 - Looking to the Future: New report challenges the Northwest’s aging dam infrastructure
- Oct 08, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon athletes exceed their goal.
- Oct 04, 2012 - Senator Wyden Supports New Approach to Salmon Restoration
- Oct 01, 2012 - Feds Maintain Status Quo as Salmon Numbers Struggle
- Sep 27, 2012 - Author attempts world record run for salmon
- Sep 25, 2012 - “I’m Pro-Salmon, and I Vote”
- Sep 21, 2012 - A Baker's Dozen
- Sep 18, 2012 - Salmon, Coal, and the Columbia River’s Future
- Sep 14, 2012 - The salmon aren’t celebrating Bonneville’s 75th
- Sep 07, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Meet the Runners
- Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia
- Aug 28, 2012 - 2012 Salmon and Steelhead Returns Still Poor
- Aug 14, 2012 - The Worst Dam Bill Ever
- Aug 06, 2012 - The Most Interesting Fish in the World
- Aug 03, 2012 - In Virginia: Dam Removal Helping Eels
- Aug 01, 2012 - Outdoor Retailer is here!
- Jul 25, 2012 - Outdoor Idaho Focuses on Idaho's Salmon
- Jul 23, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Portland Marathon 2012
- Jul 19, 2012 - If you un-build it, the fish will come
- Jul 16, 2012 - Rivers Gone Wild! - Patagonia-style...
- Jul 13, 2012 - Roll On Columbia Roll On
- Jun 29, 2012 - Sockeye Numbers at Bonneville Dam are Encouraging
- Jun 28, 2012 - Saving Salmon to Save Orcas
- Jun 25, 2012 - Maine's Great Works and the Columbia-Snake Opportunity
- Jun 21, 2012 - Lamprey Summit Sets a Good Example
- Jun 20, 2012 - Victory: Highway to Hell Defeated
- May 21, 2012 - Book a river trip and help support SOS
- May 18, 2012 - TAKE ACTION: Visualize your support for salmon!
- May 15, 2012 - Solutions for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers
- May 11, 2012 - Spill, Judge Redden, and the Need for a New Process
- May 03, 2012 - Mother's wants a seat at the table
- Apr 26, 2012 - Judge Redden Supports Dam Removal
- Mar 24, 2012 - Men's Journal Features LSR Dam Removal
- Mar 07, 2012 - Court-Ordered Spill Helps Salmon Returns and Jobs
- Feb 22, 2012 - HB 4101: Serious Issue, Bad Bill
- Feb 21, 2012 - Paul Fish: Salmon Super Hero
- Feb 15, 2012 - Showing NOAA Some Love for Valentine’s Day
- Feb 07, 2012 - Toxic Oil Spill on the Lower Snake; What Next?
- Feb 01, 2012 - Sea Change for Port of Lewiston?
- Jan 25, 2012 - Mascot Love at Outdoor Retailer
- Jan 19, 2012 - Osprey Packs to host Buster, Ice-P, Bigfoot, and Timmy O'Neil at Outdoor Retailer
- Jan 12, 2012 - Outside Sees Momentum for Dam Removal in 2012
- Jan 10, 2012 - Patagonia’s Salmon Super Heroes
- Jan 06, 2012 - Salmon…and bikinis?