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.


Free The Snake: Patagonia’s new short film highlights lower Snake dam removal

FreeTheSnakescreebgrabSOS extends a huge "thank you" to PATAGONIA for their ongoing campaign in support of lower Snake River dam removal.  Their latest short film Free the Snake currently featured on National Geographic's website highlights the ecological benefits of a free-flowing Snake River and the declining benefits of the high-cost low-value Snake River dams.  Watch the film here.

We are very grateful for the tremendous work Patagonia continues to do on behalf of free-flowing rivers and wild salmon and steelhead. The company and its founder Yvon Chouinard have supported lower Snake River dam removal for decades.  Patagonia's award-winning film DamNation has inspired thousands of people around the country to call for removing these salmon-killing money-losing dams.  More than 70,000 citizens have signed the petition urging President Obama to put dam removal back on the table.  And thousands more contacted Senators Murray and Cantwell urging them to do the same after Patagonia sponsored these ads in Washington State.

Thank you Patagonia!

Idaho Statesman: Salmon swim in the Owyhee River after 87 years, and the Shoshone Paiute relearn traditions

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Salmon are swimming in the Owyhee River for the first time since 1928, and Shoshone Paiute tribal fishermen are catching them in Nevada.

The historic event, engineered in part by Buster Gibson, the vice chairman of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes Business Council, restores for now the spring chinook salmon that migrated into Nevada for centuries before dams cut them off from the Pacific. Working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and federal fisheries officials, the tribe placed 199 salmon collected in a trap below Hells Canyon Dam and held temporarily at the Rapid River Hatchery near Riggins.

The fish were released May 28 after the tribe held a sacred “first salmon ceremony,” the last celebrated 87 years ago.

“We celebrated with ceremony, we did it with prayer, we did it with song,” said Shoshone Paiute Business Council chairman Lindsey Manning. “People were lined up along the banks of the river cheering and applauding.”

Several elders are old enough to have memories of salmon as a child. But three generations have lost the harvest that provides both spiritual sustenance and healthy food, which fed their ancestors for centuries.


You are invited to the 13th Annual Rose Revival and Cool Whites benefit event for Save Our wild Salmon at Ray's Boathouse!

NOTE: VIP and REGULAR tickets are sold out. We are offering a limited number of "7 pm entry /no food" tickets online, with 25 available at the door. Reduced ticket price: $25.00

Thursday, June 18, 6-9 pm (early entry at 5 pm)

Tickets: SOLD OUT - $35/person (with early entry: $50/person). Purchase "7 pm Entry / no food" tickets here ($25.00) - while they last!

What could be more summer than sipping delicious rose’ and white wines on a beautiful deck at Ray’s Boathouse watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound?  Be part of this Seattle summer tradition by joining us at the 13th Annual Rose’ Revival and Other Cool Whites Wine Event on Thurs. June 18th!

This event features a wide array of dry 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, as well as wines from Italy, France, Argentina, Australia, and more.  Ray’s Boathouse will provide tasty treats to accompany.

30+ Northwest Wineries pouring their latest releases for summer

5pm Early Entry limited to 50 people

Salmon Slider Box provided by Ray’s Boathouse

Stunning view of the sunset over Puget Sound

~ Wine Store to purchase bottles of your favorites!

~ All proceeds support Save Our Wild Salmon

Sponsored by:

Ray's Boathouse
Seattle Uncorked
Plauche and Carr LLC
Emerald Water Anglers

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Participating wineries include:
Aix Rose,Blanc Lime – FR
Bartholomew Winery
Bookwalter Wines
Bunnell Family Cellars
Charles Smith Wines
Château D’Esclans – FR
Coral Wines
Forgeron Cellars
Genoa Cellars
Goose Ridge Estate Winery
Kaella Winery
La Vieille Ferme – FR
Market Vineyards
Miraval – FR
NHV -Naches Heights Vineyard
OS Winery
Palencia Wine
Patterson Cellars
Perrin – FR
Purple Star & Native Sun
Rulo Winery
Seven Hills Winery
Small Vineyards
Sulei Cellars
Terra Blanca Winery
Tildio Winery
Waters Winery
Windrose Cellars
See you there!

Here's Patagonia "Don't Hold Back" ad that ran in Washington State newspapers the week of April 20, 2015.

Please join with Patagonia and ask Senators Murray and Cantwell to not hold back our salmon, orcas, rivers and economy.  Ask them to support removal of the four lower Snake River dams.

Please call or write the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell today!

Senator Murray: 206-553-5545
Senator Cantwell: 206-220-6400

TAKE ACTION: Learn more and send an email letter to the senators here.

Download the ad (PDF) here.



Outside Magazine: What Happens When You Demolish Two 100-Year-Old Dams

elwhadam copyCan the largest river restoration project in history serve as a template for other waterways across the country?

By Patrick Hutchison
Feb. 4, 2015

“A river is never silent…Reservoirs stilled my song.” Narrated from the point of view of Washington's Elwha River, a new documentary about the largest dam removal project in U.S. history starts off on a somber tone before building toward the best possible catharsis: massive charges of dynamite demolishing a pair of meddlesome dams.

The 1,400-square-mile Olympic National Park is the fifth most-visited national park in the country, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, and the 45-mile-long Elwha is its heart. It is fed by runoff from Mount Olympus and, in turn, feeds thousands of acres of forestland and flows into the Pacific Ocean. But for more than 100 years the river’s flow was restricted by two dams initially installed, like so many others in the country, as generators of cheap power. Eventually, the dams were discovered to be a strain on the local environment and nearby communities outgrew the need for them. But removing the dams would not be an easy task. It took more than two decades and countless efforts by local community members and environmental groups to tear the dams down and return the river to its natural state.

Return of the River, currently screening around the Pacific Northwest, tells the story of the fight to restore the Elwha to its former glory, how the project might serve as an example for successful dam removal projects across the country—even ones mired in political discord—and how opening up the river created a myriad of new recreation opportunities.


Salmon and river advocates have much to be thankful for this year!

On August 26th after a twenty year campaign and three year demolition project, the world's largest dam removal project was completed. The Elwha River is once again flowing freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Sediment once trapped behind the dams is rebuilding critical river and nearshore habitats, vegetation is being restored in the once barren landscapes of the drained reservoirs, and anadromous salmon and trout are naturally migrating past two former dam sites for the first time in over 100 years.

It is an incredibly inspiring story of restoration and repair thanks to the vision and tenacity and passion of Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Northwest conservation and community leaders.

As you begin a long weekend of food, friends, and family, we want to share two additional items with you...

FIRST - on Monday this week, salmon and fishing advocates and the Nez Perce Tribe jointly filed a lawsuit challenging the Army Corps' lower Snake River "sediment management plan" and its efforts to begin harmful and expensive dredging to prop up an economically unsustainable waterway-to-nowhere. Here are links to several recent news stories and our SOS press release:

(1) Seattle Times: Lawsuit challenges approval of Snake River dredging (Nov. 25, 2014)
Environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe filed suit in Seattle to challenge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a $6.7 million dredging project scheduled to begin next month.

(2) Lewiston Morning Tribune: Dredging plan spawns lawsuit (Nov. 25, 2014)

(3) Save Our wild Salmon press release (Nov. 24, 2014)

SECOND - Save Our wild Salmon will kick off its end-of-year fundraising campaign on GivingTuesday - next Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Thank you in advance for your generous support for our work to repair healthy rivers and restore wild salmon and steelhead to the peoples and places of the Pacific Northwest.

You can visit our online donation page here and learn about donor gifts and raffle items here.

Have a wonderful holiday and thank you as always for your support,

Joseph, Sam, and the Save Our wild Salmon Team

More Articles...

  1. Oct 13, 2014 - CBB: Dam Removal Study Suggests Rivers Return To Natural Conditions Surprisingly Fast
  2. Sep 23, 2014 - Snake River Sockeye Make Most Endangered List: New Report Highlights Ten American Species Our Children May Never See
  3. Sep 15, 2014 - Seattle P-I: Chinook salmon returning to reservoir sites on Elwha River
  4. Sep 02, 2014 - Associated Press: Orca population in Puget Sound falling
  5. Aug 26, 2014 - New York Times: Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost
  6. Aug 26, 2014 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Dworkshak Unit Out
  7. Aug 20, 2014 - Al Jazeera: Elder’s devotion to ugly fish lives on after his tragic death
  8. Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: EPA finalizes agreement setting 'buffer zones' around salmon streams
  9. Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: Hastings blasts leaking dams settlement
  10. Aug 08, 2014 - KPLU: New Life After Dam Removal: Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha
  11. Aug 05, 2014 - Associated Press: Army Corps of Engineers will monitor, disclose dam pollution
  12. Jul 31, 2014 - Nature Science Journal: Dam removals: Rivers on the run
  13. Jul 21, 2014 - Associated Press: EPA To Protect Salmon Fishery By Blocking Massive Alaska Mine
  14. Jul 10, 2014 - As dams fall, Elwha River makes stunning recovery
  15. May 09, 2014 - Remembering a legend: Billy Frank, Jr.
  16. May 06, 2014 - Statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr.
  17. Mar 20, 2014 - Northwest News: Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam
  18. Mar 19, 2014 - Wenatchee World: Wanapum Dam spillway crack, showing algae, likely not new
  19. Mar 02, 2014 - New York Times: A Reprieve for Bristol Bay
  20. Feb 01, 2014 - Join SOS and Idaho River Adventures this July for a wild trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River!
  21. Jan 23, 2014 - Update: a not-so-new Federal Plan for Columbia/Snake salmon and steelhead
  22. Jan 03, 2014 - New York Times Blog: The Law That Save the Bald Eagle
  23. Dec 29, 2013 - Is the Northwest regaining lost ground?
  24. Dec 05, 2013 - An enhanced spill experiment – costs and carbon impacts are modest and manageable.
  25. Nov 20, 2013 - Seattle Times: Elwha River sees largest run of Chinook in decades
  26. Oct 23, 2013 - B.C. Releases Draft Columbia River Treaty Recommendations
  27. Oct 01, 2013 - Action Alert - Salmon Need
  28. Sep 25, 2013 - LA Times: Big chinook run doesn't let Columbia dams off the hook, activists say
  29. Sep 12, 2013 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds deal blow to Nez Perce Tribe, salmon advocates
  30. Sep 05, 2013 - SOS and Idaho River Adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
  31. Aug 31, 2013 - Announcing a leadership transition for SOS
  32. Aug 15, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon submits comments on the Columbia River Treaty
  33. Jul 15, 2013 - Save the law that protects America's natural capital.
  34. Jul 15, 2013 - Seattle Times: Lamprey Eel - bringing back an ancient species
  35. Jun 07, 2013 - High Country News Book Review: Elwha, a story of today's West
  36. May 13, 2013 - All Scientists Are Saying Is…"Give (More) Spill A Chance."
  37. Apr 10, 2013 - Chicago Tribune: Interior Department recommends removal of Klamath River dams to aid salmon
  38. Mar 05, 2013 - Farewell to Fenton Roskelley - outdoor writer, sportsman, and conservationist
  39. Jan 30, 2013 - Change on the Fly
  40. Jan 17, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes new BPA administrator Bill Drummond
  41. Jan 11, 2013 - In Gratitude
  42. Jan 08, 2013 - Thank you for a successful End-of-2012 Fund Drive!
  43. Dec 04, 2012 - Confusing sockeye hatcheries with sockeye recovery
  44. Nov 07, 2012 - NOAA, We Have a Problem
  45. Oct 25, 2012 - Thank you for 13 excellent years
  46. Oct 22, 2012 - Looking to the Future: New report challenges the Northwest’s aging dam infrastructure
  47. Oct 08, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon athletes exceed their goal.
  48. Oct 04, 2012 - Senator Wyden Supports New Approach to Salmon Restoration
  49. Oct 01, 2012 - Feds Maintain Status Quo as Salmon Numbers Struggle
  50. Sep 27, 2012 - Author attempts world record run for salmon
  51. Sep 25, 2012 - “I’m Pro-Salmon, and I Vote”
  52. Sep 21, 2012 - A Baker's Dozen
  53. Sep 18, 2012 - Salmon, Coal, and the Columbia River’s Future
  54. Sep 14, 2012 - The salmon aren’t celebrating Bonneville’s 75th
  55. Sep 07, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Meet the Runners
  56. Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia
  57. Aug 28, 2012 - 2012 Salmon and Steelhead Returns Still Poor
  58. Aug 14, 2012 - The Worst Dam Bill Ever
  59. Aug 06, 2012 - The Most Interesting Fish in the World
  60. Aug 03, 2012 - In Virginia: Dam Removal Helping Eels
  61. Aug 01, 2012 - Outdoor Retailer is here!
  62. Jul 25, 2012 - Outdoor Idaho Focuses on Idaho's Salmon
  63. Jul 23, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Portland Marathon 2012
  64. Jul 19, 2012 - If you un-build it, the fish will come
  65. Jul 16, 2012 - Rivers Gone Wild! - Patagonia-style...
  66. Jul 13, 2012 - Roll On Columbia Roll On
  67. Jun 29, 2012 - Sockeye Numbers at Bonneville Dam are Encouraging
  68. Jun 28, 2012 - Saving Salmon to Save Orcas
  69. Jun 25, 2012 - Maine's Great Works and the Columbia-Snake Opportunity
  70. Jun 21, 2012 - Lamprey Summit Sets a Good Example
  71. Jun 20, 2012 - Victory: Highway to Hell Defeated
  72. May 21, 2012 - Book a river trip and help support SOS
  73. May 18, 2012 - TAKE ACTION: Visualize your support for salmon!
  74. May 15, 2012 - Solutions for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers
  75. May 11, 2012 - Spill, Judge Redden, and the Need for a New Process
  76. May 03, 2012 - Mother's wants a seat at the table
  77. Apr 26, 2012 - Judge Redden Supports Dam Removal
  78. Mar 24, 2012 - Men's Journal Features LSR Dam Removal
  79. Mar 07, 2012 - Court-Ordered Spill Helps Salmon Returns and Jobs
  80. Feb 22, 2012 - HB 4101: Serious Issue, Bad Bill
  81. Feb 21, 2012 - Paul Fish: Salmon Super Hero
  82. Feb 15, 2012 - Showing NOAA Some Love for Valentine’s Day
  83. Feb 07, 2012 - Toxic Oil Spill on the Lower Snake; What Next?
  84. Feb 01, 2012 - Sea Change for Port of Lewiston?
  85. Jan 25, 2012 - Mascot Love at Outdoor Retailer
  86. Jan 19, 2012 - Osprey Packs to host Buster, Ice-P, Bigfoot, and Timmy O'Neil at Outdoor Retailer
  87. Jan 12, 2012 - Outside Sees Momentum for Dam Removal in 2012
  88. Jan 10, 2012 - Patagonia’s Salmon Super Heroes
  89. Jan 06, 2012 - Salmon…and bikinis?
Save Our wild Salmon is a diverse, nationwide coalition working together to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the rivers, streams and marine waters of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of our region's ecology, economy and culture.

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