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.


Columbia Basin Bulletin: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Names Pinkham New Executive Director

March 24, 2017

748ce2f881adb0e04f06e10b04cfbb41 400x400Jaime Pinkham, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe with more than three decades of experience in American Indian governance, policy, and natural resource management, is returning to the Columbia Basin to serve as the executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

Leaders of CRITFC’s member tribes — the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama, and Nez Perce tribes — selected Pinkham to become the tenth executive director in the Commission’s 40-year history. He will take the reins at CRITFC on April 24.

“As a treaty fisher and hunter, I am humbled to work with the member tribes and CRITFC,” said Pinkham. “CRITFC plays an important role working at the intersection of each tribe’s individual autonomy and their unified voice. Healthy and harvestable salmon runs are fundamental to the sovereign identities and cultures of the four member tribes.”

Pinkham brings substantial Columbia Basin fisheries and natural resources experience coupled with strong tribal governance policy credentials. Pinkham has been serving as the vice president of the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past eight years where he led the Native Nations program that works with tribes across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota as they redesigned their governing systems. His work led to the creation of the Native Governance Center, a Native-led non-profit delivering technical support to tribes in government redesign.

Prior to that, Pinkham spent two decades in the Pacific Northwest advocating for tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and treaty rights. He worked for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as Watershed Department Manager from 2005 to 2008, supporting the Commission in regional coordination and Congressional affairs. After graduating with a forestry degree from Oregon State University he worked for state and federal agencies before moving home to Nez Perce Country in 1990. During his time there, he held a variety of positions including being elected twice to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee and led its natural resource programs engaging in salmon restoration, water rights negotiations, wolf recovery, and land acquisition

“Jaime Pinkham’s decades of work on tribal sovereignty and natural resources stood out amid a strong field of candidates,” said CRITFC Chair Leland Bill. “We look forward to working with Jaime as we face a number of current issues that impact salmon and tribal treaty fishing rights including climate change, an altered federal government landscape, and the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty.”

Pinkham succeeds Paul Lumley, who served for eight years in the position before leaving to lead the Native American Youth and Family Association in Portland, Oregon last October. Rob Lothrop, interim executive director since Lumley’s departure, will continue in that capacity until Pinkham’s arrival.

15th Annual Rose Revival & Cool Whites

A benefit for Save Our wild Salmon
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 - 6 - 9 pm (early entry at 5 pm)

RoseRevivalWebForSWSJPEGOlympic Terrace Tent  Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point  Kirkland


Doors open at 6 pm - $35 tickets

Special "Early Entry" at 5 pm - $50 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 Woodmark Hotel on the waterfront of Lake Washington in Kirkland watching the sun set over the Olympic Mountains?

Be part of this Seattle tradition by joining us at the 15th Annual Rose' Revival and Cool Whites Wine Event on Wednesday, May 10th 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!  

The Woodmark will provide tasty treats to accompany - including delicious wild salmon.

Proceeds from this event go to support Save Our Wild Salmon, a Northwest-based coalition of conservation organizations, river groups, fishing associations, businesses, and orca and clean energy advocates working to protect and restore abundant, fishable populations of wild salmon and steelhead by protecting and restoring their rivers and watersheds.


For more information, contact:

Joseph Bogaard --   206-300-1003
Amy Grondin --   206-295-4931

Federal Report: Environmental Safeguards Provide Billions In Economic Benefits

By Farron Cousins
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Money Cash-100-dollar-bills credit-Jericho creative-commonsVery 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'guardian.2.rivers.camp1

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

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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.

More Articles...

  1. Dec 04, 2016 - Save Our wild Salmon Stands with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock
  2. Dec 03, 2016 - Yakima Herald: Grant boosts effort to dismantle Yakima's Nelson Dam
  3. Nov 23, 2016 - Thank you for your faith in wild salmon and wild places
  4. Oct 31, 2016 - KQED News: Removal of Klamath Dams Would Be Largest River Restoration in U.S. History
  5. Oct 17, 2016 - Seattle Times: More Elwha fish find way to dam-free upper watershed
  6. Sep 26, 2016 - McClatchy News: Klamath River dams could be on chopping block
  7. Aug 08, 2016 - SOS Blog: Wild Salmon and Climate Change: The Law
  8. Aug 01, 2016 - SOS Blog: Lessons from the 2015 Columbia-Snake Salmon Kill
  9. Jun 09, 2016 - Recent Economic Analyses of the Lower Snake River Dams
  10. May 31, 2016 - Orca Month 2016
  11. May 05, 2016 - Seattle Times: Judge: Salmon recovery requires big dam changes
  12. Apr 13, 2016 - Seattle Times: Lean year for coho means big worries for Westport salmon charters
  13. Mar 24, 2016 - An Evening on the Elwha Town Hall of Seattle Thursday, May 12, 2016
  14. Mar 23, 2016 - 14th Annual Rose' Revival and Cool Whites - An SOS fundraiser
  15. Jan 04, 2016 - CBB: Songbird Study Shows River Ecosystem Recovery After Dam Removal, Return Of Salmon Nutrients
  16. Dec 18, 2015 - 2015 SOS donor gifts and opportunities
  17. Dec 15, 2015 - New York Times: Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred
  18. Nov 25, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving 2015!
  19. Nov 19, 2015 - Save Our wild Salmon - Our 2015 Year-end Review!
  20. Nov 03, 2015 - Salmon and fishing advocates: Speak up for fish and wildlife!
  21. Sep 16, 2015 - Intertwined Fates: The Orca-Salmon Connection in the Northwest
  22. Sep 09, 2015 - A Tribute to Zeke Grader - 9.7.2015
  23. Jun 30, 2015 - Free The Snake: Patagonia’s new short film highlights lower Snake dam removal
  24. Jun 09, 2015 - Idaho Statesman: Salmon swim in the Owyhee River (Nevada!) after 87 years
  25. May 01, 2015 - 13th Annual Rose' Revival Benefit Event - June 18 in Seattle
  26. Apr 22, 2015 - Patagonia Ad: Don't Hold Back
  27. Feb 18, 2015 - Outside: What Happens When You Demolish Two 100-Year-Old Dams
  28. Nov 26, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving 2014!
  29. Oct 13, 2014 - CBB: Dam Removal Study Suggests Rivers Return To Natural Conditions Surprisingly Fast
  30. Sep 23, 2014 - Snake River Sockeye Make Most Endangered List: New Report Highlights Ten American Species Our Children May Never See
  31. Sep 15, 2014 - Seattle P-I: Chinook salmon returning to reservoir sites on Elwha River
  32. Sep 02, 2014 - Associated Press: Orca population in Puget Sound falling
  33. Aug 26, 2014 - New York Times: Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost
  34. Aug 26, 2014 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Dworkshak Unit Out
  35. Aug 20, 2014 - Al Jazeera: Elder’s devotion to ugly fish lives on after his tragic death
  36. Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: EPA finalizes agreement setting 'buffer zones' around salmon streams
  37. Aug 19, 2014 - Energy & Environment Publishing: Hastings blasts leaking dams settlement
  38. Aug 08, 2014 - KPLU: New Life After Dam Removal: Surf Smelt Spawning In Mouth Of Elwha
  39. Aug 05, 2014 - Associated Press: Army Corps of Engineers will monitor, disclose dam pollution
  40. Jul 31, 2014 - Nature Science Journal: Dam removals: Rivers on the run
  41. Jul 21, 2014 - Associated Press: EPA To Protect Salmon Fishery By Blocking Massive Alaska Mine
  42. Jul 10, 2014 - As dams fall, Elwha River makes stunning recovery
  43. May 09, 2014 - Remembering a legend: Billy Frank, Jr.
  44. May 06, 2014 - Statement on the passing of Billy Frank, Jr.
  45. Mar 20, 2014 - Northwest News: Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam
  46. Mar 19, 2014 - Wenatchee World: Wanapum Dam spillway crack, showing algae, likely not new
  47. Mar 02, 2014 - New York Times: A Reprieve for Bristol Bay
  48. Feb 01, 2014 - Join SOS and Idaho River Adventures this July for a wild trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River!
  49. Jan 23, 2014 - Update: a not-so-new Federal Plan for Columbia/Snake salmon and steelhead
  50. Jan 03, 2014 - New York Times Blog: The Law That Save the Bald Eagle
  51. Dec 29, 2013 - Is the Northwest regaining lost ground?
  52. Dec 05, 2013 - An enhanced spill experiment – costs and carbon impacts are modest and manageable.
  53. Nov 20, 2013 - Seattle Times: Elwha River sees largest run of Chinook in decades
  54. Oct 23, 2013 - B.C. Releases Draft Columbia River Treaty Recommendations
  55. Oct 01, 2013 - Action Alert - Salmon Need
  56. Sep 25, 2013 - LA Times: Big chinook run doesn't let Columbia dams off the hook, activists say
  57. Sep 12, 2013 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds deal blow to Nez Perce Tribe, salmon advocates
  58. Sep 05, 2013 - SOS and Idaho River Adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
  59. Aug 31, 2013 - Announcing a leadership transition for SOS
  60. Aug 15, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon submits comments on the Columbia River Treaty
  61. Jul 15, 2013 - Save the law that protects America's natural capital.
  62. Jul 15, 2013 - Seattle Times: Lamprey Eel - bringing back an ancient species
  63. Jun 07, 2013 - High Country News Book Review: Elwha, a story of today's West
  64. May 13, 2013 - All Scientists Are Saying Is…"Give (More) Spill A Chance."
  65. Apr 10, 2013 - Chicago Tribune: Interior Department recommends removal of Klamath River dams to aid salmon
  66. Mar 05, 2013 - Farewell to Fenton Roskelley - outdoor writer, sportsman, and conservationist
  67. Jan 30, 2013 - Change on the Fly
  68. Jan 17, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes new BPA administrator Bill Drummond
  69. Jan 11, 2013 - In Gratitude
  70. Jan 08, 2013 - Thank you for a successful End-of-2012 Fund Drive!
  71. Dec 04, 2012 - Confusing sockeye hatcheries with sockeye recovery
  72. Nov 07, 2012 - NOAA, We Have a Problem
  73. Oct 25, 2012 - Thank you for 13 excellent years
  74. Oct 22, 2012 - Looking to the Future: New report challenges the Northwest’s aging dam infrastructure
  75. Oct 08, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon athletes exceed their goal.
  76. Oct 04, 2012 - Senator Wyden Supports New Approach to Salmon Restoration
  77. Oct 01, 2012 - Feds Maintain Status Quo as Salmon Numbers Struggle
  78. Sep 27, 2012 - Author attempts world record run for salmon
  79. Sep 25, 2012 - “I’m Pro-Salmon, and I Vote”
  80. Sep 21, 2012 - A Baker's Dozen
  81. Sep 18, 2012 - Salmon, Coal, and the Columbia River’s Future
  82. Sep 14, 2012 - The salmon aren’t celebrating Bonneville’s 75th
  83. Sep 07, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Meet the Runners
  84. Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia
  85. Aug 28, 2012 - 2012 Salmon and Steelhead Returns Still Poor
  86. Aug 14, 2012 - The Worst Dam Bill Ever
  87. Aug 06, 2012 - The Most Interesting Fish in the World
  88. Aug 03, 2012 - In Virginia: Dam Removal Helping Eels
  89. Aug 01, 2012 - Outdoor Retailer is here!
  90. Jul 25, 2012 - Outdoor Idaho Focuses on Idaho's Salmon
  91. Jul 23, 2012 - Run Wild for Salmon - Portland Marathon 2012
  92. Jul 19, 2012 - If you un-build it, the fish will come
  93. Jul 16, 2012 - Rivers Gone Wild! - Patagonia-style...
  94. Jul 13, 2012 - Roll On Columbia Roll On
  95. Jun 29, 2012 - Sockeye Numbers at Bonneville Dam are Encouraging
  96. Jun 28, 2012 - Saving Salmon to Save Orcas
  97. Jun 25, 2012 - Maine's Great Works and the Columbia-Snake Opportunity
  98. Jun 21, 2012 - Lamprey Summit Sets a Good Example
  99. Jun 20, 2012 - Victory: Highway to Hell Defeated
  100. May 21, 2012 - Book a river trip and help support SOS
  101. May 18, 2012 - TAKE ACTION: Visualize your support for salmon!
  102. May 15, 2012 - Solutions for one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers
  103. May 11, 2012 - Spill, Judge Redden, and the Need for a New Process
  104. May 03, 2012 - Mother's wants a seat at the table
  105. Apr 26, 2012 - Judge Redden Supports Dam Removal
  106. Mar 24, 2012 - Men's Journal Features LSR Dam Removal
  107. Mar 07, 2012 - Court-Ordered Spill Helps Salmon Returns and Jobs
  108. Feb 22, 2012 - HB 4101: Serious Issue, Bad Bill
  109. Feb 21, 2012 - Paul Fish: Salmon Super Hero
  110. Feb 15, 2012 - Showing NOAA Some Love for Valentine’s Day
  111. Feb 07, 2012 - Toxic Oil Spill on the Lower Snake; What Next?
  112. Feb 01, 2012 - Sea Change for Port of Lewiston?
  113. Jan 25, 2012 - Mascot Love at Outdoor Retailer
  114. Jan 19, 2012 - Osprey Packs to host Buster, Ice-P, Bigfoot, and Timmy O'Neil at Outdoor Retailer
  115. Jan 12, 2012 - Outside Sees Momentum for Dam Removal in 2012
  116. Jan 10, 2012 - Patagonia’s Salmon Super Heroes
  117. 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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