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.





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Tribute to Zeke Grader - 9.7.2015

zekegraderFrom the desk of Joseph Bogaard

Fishing people, conservationists, friends and family are mourning the loss of a great friend and a giant. William F. “Zeke” Grader Jr. died of pancreatic cancer Monday night in San Francisco, CA. Words cannot begin to convey the sense of loss felt by so many.

Zeke was many things: warm, tough, dedicated, funny, fearless, relentless, open-minded and open-hearted. He was a loyal friend, a visionary leader, a mentor to many, a brilliant strategist, a warrior for fish and fishing people across the West Coast. Skilled in the art of disputation, Zeke was also highly respected by his adversaries.

Zeke was born the son of a fish broker in Fort Bragg – a fishing town on the north coast of California. After growing up on the docks, he trained as a lawyer and served for decades as executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Institute for Fisheries Resources. Zeke was a tireless and unequaled advocate for fishing families on the West Coast. He committed his entire life to preserve a way of life, to protect and restore sustainable fisheries and the natural systems that fish and fishing families depend upon – healthy habitats, healthy rivers, healthy watersheds, healthy oceans.

pietro.zekeLike the wild salmon that he championed,  Zeke was a "connector" of people and issues – and he was a great friend to Save Our wild Salmon and a healthy Columbia Basin. He brought fishermen and conservationists together in effective, durable, strategic partnerships. He convinced even hardened skeptics of our common ground and shared interests. He forged alliances and friendships and understandings and a mindset that will live on.

Zeke was a giant – and his life’s work lives on in the form of friendships, alliances, healthy rivers and watersheds and fisheries and businesses and communities. His passing saddens, but I hope it also inspires. I learned a tremendous amount through the years working with Zeke. I always found it a great pleasure, and I know that I am not alone. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of many, many others. His legacy will live on in the healthy fisheries, communities and habitats for which he so relentlessly advocated.

Be well, good friend. And thank you. -jb

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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

owyheeJune 4, 2015

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.



More Articles...

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