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.
Federal Report: Environmental Safeguards Provide Billions In Economic Benefits
By Farron Cousins
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Very quietly over the holidays, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a long-overdue draft report on the economic impacts of environmental regulations and safeguards for the fiscal year 2015, which covers October 2014 to September 2015.
The OMB looked at the cost of environmental regulations and compared to them to the economic benefits, both those seen during the 12 month period and the estimated long-term benefits. Their results showed very clearly that these safeguards are providing an exponentially greater economic benefit than they are costing.
According to The Hill, the OMB report looked at a total of 21 regulations, mainly from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Clean Power Plan. For those 21 regulations, the costs were estimated to be between $5.5 billion and $6.9 billion. While those are hefty price tags, it only represents half of the equation.
The economic benefits from these same 21 regulations are estimated by the OMB to fall anywhere between $25.5 billion and $47.8 billion. To put that another way, for every dollar spent on environmental safeguards, the economy will experience a benefit of no less than $5, which means that these investments will yield returns of over 500 percent.
The Guardian: Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'
The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US
January 9, 2017
Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US.
The Two Rivers camp, located south of Marfa near the border, has attracted dozens of demonstrators in its first week to protest the Trans-Pecos pipeline, a 148-mile project on track to transport fracked natural gas through the Big Bend region to Mexico.
Citing concerns about damage to the environment and sacred indigenous sites, the camp parallels the high-profile effort to block the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) and is one of multiple Native American land campaigns building on the momentum of the demonstrations in North Dakota.
“We’re going to follow the same model as Standing Rock,” said Frankie Orona, executive director of the Society of Native Nations and an organizer at the Two Rivers camp. “This is a huge historical moment for environmental issues, for protecting our water, protecting our land, protecting sacred sites and protecting treaties.”
Two Rivers emerged weeks after the Obama administration denied a key permit for the Dakota Access pipeline, a major victory for the Standing Rock tribe and thousands of indigenous and environmental activists who spent months camped in Cannon Ball in hopes of thwarting the $3.7bn oil project.
Though the fight against DAPL is not over – given that Donald Trump is an investor in the company and supporter of the project – the temporary win has energized ongoing indigenous environmental battles and inspired new ones.
The campaign against the Trans-Pecos project, which is also owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, has the closest connections to Standing Rock, with activists adopting similar tactics, including setting up spiritual camps in the region of construction and planning nonviolent “direct actions”.
Kitsap Sun: Steelhead, sockeye spotted above Elwha dam sites
December 14, 2016
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — For the first time in more than a century, steelhead trout and sockeye salmon have been spotted in the upper reaches of the Elwha River.
They're the latest species to return to territory long blocked by the river's dams.
'We had chinook salmon above the dam within weeks (of dam removal), but now we're getting a greater diversity of fish,' said Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park.
The world's largest dam removal project was completed in August 2014. Chinook and bull trout wasted no time pushing through the narrow channels left after the dams were blasted out.
The park followed up with the removal last year of about a dozen massive boulders that had fallen into the river sometime after the Glines Canyon Dam was completed and before its removal began in 2011.
Save Our wild Salmon Coalition Statement on President-elect Trump’s Nomination of Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers for the Secretary of Interior
December 9, 2016
Many salmon, fishing and clean energy advocates in the Northwest and nationally are expressing concern about President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers as the next Secretary of the Department of Interior.
The federal laws protecting our nation’s waters, clean air and our irreplaceable fish and wildlife populations enjoy strong bi-partisan support by the American people. One cannot pick and choose whether these bedrock laws shall be enforced or implemented.
While Representative McMorris-Rodgers’ track record to protect our nation’s environment does not inspire confidence, upholding federal law and honoring our Treaties with Tribal Nations is non-discretionary. We hope that as Interior Secretary, McMorris-Rodgers will maintain an open mind and carefully consider the best available scientific and economic information as she develops policies and priorities affecting our nation’s rich environmental legacy. And we urge her to remember the strong public support for our nation’s environmental laws, and to take effective actions to protect and restore wild salmon and the interests of tribal and non-tribal communities across the Northwest that rely upon them.
Save Our wild Salmon Stands with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
With today’s decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the final permit necessary to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline across the Missouri River and lands held sacred by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their many supporters, and to instead initiate a process to develop an environmental impact statement that explores alternative routes, Save Our wild Salmon extends our congratulations and gratitude to the Water Protectors for their commitment and perseverance.
We also thank the Obama Administration for its decision to stop construction and begin a full and fair comprehensive review of the issues and impacts and identify alternative routes for the pipeline, and hope the incoming Administration will honor this decision and process.
This decision by the Army Corps is a potent reminder of the power of peaceful protest and the good things that result when many people work together and stand together to defend essential values - in this case the health of our lands and our waters and honoring our nation’s treaty obligations to Tribal people.
SOS stands in solidarity with the Water Protectors and congratulates them on this victory. Clean water in rivers and lakes that are drinkable, swimmable and fishable must be a top priority in order to keep our nation and its people healthy and strong.
Yakima Herald: Grant boosts effort to dismantle Yakima's Nelson Dam
Michelle Iracheta, December 2, 2016
For the better part of a century the Nelson Dam on the Naches River has hampered salmon trying to migrate upstream, while preventing countless tons of sediment from being carried downstream where it’s needed.
Yakima County is moving closer to getting both fish and sediment to the right places under a plan that creates more wildlife habitat and reduces the danger of floods.
On Tuesday, a national environmental group announced it is donating money to three dam removal projects in Oregon, California and here for the Nelson Dam.
The $75,000 donation will account for only a small portion of the estimated $12 million price tag for the dam removal project that been planned for years by Yakima city and county officials and the Yakama Nation.
But the donations quickly caught the eye of the National Geographic Society’s web page, which noted plans for the Nelson Dam are part of a growing movement to remove aging dams, while benefiting people and wildlife.
- Nov 23, 2016 - Thank you for your faith in wild salmon and wild places
- Oct 31, 2016 - KQED News: Removal of Klamath Dams Would Be Largest River Restoration in U.S. History
- Oct 17, 2016 - Seattle Times: More Elwha fish find way to dam-free upper watershed
- Sep 26, 2016 - McClatchy News: Klamath River dams could be on chopping block
- Aug 08, 2016 - SOS Blog: Wild Salmon and Climate Change: The Law
- Aug 01, 2016 - SOS Blog: Lessons from the 2015 Columbia-Snake Salmon Kill
- Jun 09, 2016 - Recent Economic Analyses of the Lower Snake River Dams
- May 31, 2016 - Orca Month 2016
- May 05, 2016 - Seattle Times: Judge: Salmon recovery requires big dam changes
- Apr 13, 2016 - Seattle Times: Lean year for coho means big worries for Westport salmon charters
- Mar 24, 2016 - An Evening on the Elwha Town Hall of Seattle Thursday, May 12, 2016
- Mar 23, 2016 - 14th Annual Rose' Revival and Cool Whites - An SOS fundraiser
- Jan 04, 2016 - CBB: Songbird Study Shows River Ecosystem Recovery After Dam Removal, Return Of Salmon Nutrients
- Dec 18, 2015 - 2015 SOS donor gifts and opportunities
- 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?