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Save Our Wild Salmon

Explore this page to find editorials and guest opinions concerning all things related to Columbia-Snake River Basin wild salmon and steelhead.

September 03, 2018

TriCity Herald: Activist groups say give us our dammed Snake River back.

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BY SAM MACE, BUCK RYAN AND BRETT VANDENHEUVEL August 23, 2018 04:09 PM The mighty Columbia and Snake rivers are synonymous with salmon. As many as 16 million once returned to these rivers each year. Despite significant declines, our salmon runs still hold… Read More
September 03, 2018

TriCity Herald: Just in case the Snake River dams go away

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BY NANCY HIRSH Updated August 31, 2018 12:14 PM Many people in the Tri-Cities don’t want to lose the four lower Snake River dams. But, it would be imprudent to not plan for the possibility. The chance the dams could go away increased last April when the NW… Read More
August 28, 2018

The Stranger: Giving up Chinook Is a Nice Idea but It Will Not Save the Orcas

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by Katie Herzog • Aug 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm The Seattle Times published a heart-warming/heart-breaking story Wednesday about chef Renee Erickson, who recently announced that she will be yanking Chinook salmon from her restaurant menus in response to Tahlequah,… Read More
August 28, 2018

HCN Opinion: Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers

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Orcas swim near the southwest corner of San Juan Island in Puget Sound. Michael Jefferies/CC Flickr Will our citizens muster the political will needed to save killer whales and the chinook that sustain them? By John Rosenberg OPINION Aug. 21, 2018… Read More
June 25, 2018

Crosscut: Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death?

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Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death? by Knute Berger/ June 25, 2018 Few books I’ve read recently have tapped into an intense inner rage — an old anger. But Jason Colby’s book, “Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Biggest Predator,” published… Read More
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June 19, 2018

Lewiston Tribune: Will Idaho's lame duck governor extend his reach?

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Will Idaho's lame duck governor extend his reach? By Marty Trillhaase A decade ago, Idaho agreed to back the federal government's fish recovery efforts along the lower Snake River. Idaho was hardly the only party to sign the so-called fish accords. Along with… Read More
June 01, 2018

Oregonian Guest Opinion: Trump's attack on salmon recovery is unconscionable

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By Bill Monroe Now it's personal. In their new-found search for job security amid an adminis tration seemingly bent on destruction of the natural world, federal budgeters again threaten salmon and habitat recovery. They've axed the Pacific Coast Salmon… Read More
June 01, 2018

Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee: Canada’s unneighborly pipeline deal threatens orcas and climate

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By Jay Inslee Special to The Times Our neighbors in Canada have been good partners in the fight against climate change and efforts to keep our seas healthy. However, this week Canada took a major step backward. Our lands and waters share incredible bounty and… Read More

Jun 1, 2018 - Ridenbaugh Press: Shifts of Market and Region

May 31, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Good treaties make good neighbors: Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty regime

May 30, 2018 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Trump's attack on salmon recovery is unconscionable

May 24, 2018 - For the Sake of the Snake

May 16, 2018 - Idaho Mountain Express Guest Opinion: Idaho congressmen sell out our salmon

May 14, 2018 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Columbia River treaty negotiations must include tribes, First Nations

May 14, 2018 - B-Run Steelhead - Extinction in the Heart of Idaho

May 10, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: A modern Columbia River treaty needs to treat the Columbia as one river

May 10, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Dam study reveals raft of benefits

May 8, 2018 - Idaho Statesman: Chasing the salmon downstream to get an early fishing season

May 3, 2018 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Our View: Congress wields its power to protect dams on the Snake

May 3, 2018 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: McMorris Rodgers got her talking points; now what?

Apr 23, 2018 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Guest Opinion: Dam replacement study reveals new opportunities

Apr 17, 2018 - Yakima Herald Saturday Soapbox: Defenders of Snake River dams are ignoring facts

Feb 14, 2018 - Paul Lindholdt: Free-flowing rivers are essential to our region’s health

Jan 29, 2018 - Register Guard Guest Opinion: New treaty must address ecosystem concerns

Jan 10, 2018 - Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples

Jan 10, 2018 - Canada: Columbia River Treaty a boon to the U.S., but must benefit all (Guest opinion)

Dec 17, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: It’s time to reverse the damage caused by Snake River dams

Nov 20, 2017 - Moscow Pullman Daily News - Letter to the Editor: Giving up fish for unneeded power

Nov 19, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Letter to the Editor - Free the Snake River

Nov 13, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Letter to the Editor: Save the salmon

Nov 5, 2017 - L.A. Times Guest Opinion: Four dams in the West are coming down — a victory wrapped in a defeat for smart water policy

Oct 31, 2017 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial Opinion: Has the game changed for Snake River fish?

Sep 25, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Don’t blame ‘the blob.’ Even with good ocean conditions, salmon face hostile rivers.

Aug 14, 2017 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Bill would rubber-stamp salmon failure

Jul 31, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Past 20 years have strengthened the case for removing four Snake River dams

Jul 20, 2017 - Idaho Statesman: Should Snake dams be removed?

Jul 17, 2017 - Eugene Register-Guard Editorial: A damming proposal - Congressional bill is not a good option

Jul 10, 2017 - Lewiston Tribune: Who is McMorris Rodgers looking after?

Jun 29, 2017 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: The Snake and salmon: People are feeling the pain of a river lost

May 29, 2017 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Our View: Can lawyers just try to swim with the salmon?

May 29, 2017 - Washington Post Guest Opinion: Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path

Mar 11, 2017 - Canoe & Kayak Guest Opinion: It’s Time To Remove The Lower Snake River Dams

Feb 5, 2017 - Patagonia Blog: The Cleanest Line - Free the Snake and Restore Salmon to Honor Treaty Right

Jan 18, 2017 - Many Dollars and Little Sense: Barging on the Lower Snake River

Jan 2, 2017 - Tri-Cities Herard Letter to the Editor: On orcas, ask an expert

Dec 12, 2016 - Chinook Observer Editorial: Say no to standing by as salmon go extinct

Dec 9, 2016 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Fishy end run

Dec 8, 2016 - Daily Astoria Editorial: ‘God Squad’ is the wrong idea for endangered species

Dec 7, 2016 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Stop studying the studies; breach dams and save the salmon

Dec 7, 2016 - Daily Astorian Guest Column: An opportunity to push for salmon recovery

Dec 4, 2016 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Costly dams are harmful to salmon, tribes, and taxpayers

Dec 4, 2016 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Costly dams are harmful to salmon, tribes, and taxpayers (2)

Dec 3, 2016 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: Future of Idaho’s wild salmon can’t be sacrificed for any other interest

Oct 23, 2016 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: We can restore salmon and have carbon-free energy

Sep 30, 2016 - Call to Action: Court-Ordered Columbia-Snake Salmon NEPA Review: Phase 1 – Public Hearings this Fall!

Aug 2, 2016 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: We can have a clean energy future and wild salmon

Jul 4, 2016 - New York Times Editorial: The Salmon's Swim for Survival

Jun 26, 2016 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Renewed optimism for salmon recovery

Jun 22, 2016 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Time for Congress to act on dams, Idaho sockeye

Jun 12, 2016 - Guest Columnist Linwood Laughy: Snake Oil on the Lower Snake

Jun 2, 2016 - NRDC Blog: To Save Orcas, First Save Salmon

Jun 2, 2016 - Defenders Magazine: Looking for a Sound Solution

Jun 2, 2016 - Idaho Mountain Express Editorial: Stop dance of death

May 22, 2016 - Seattle Times Editorial: Columbia River Treaty works, but needs thoughtful updating

May 15, 2016 - Seattle Times Op-Ed: Federal court decision is a critical opportunity for salmon, energy and communities

May 11, 2016 - Lewiston Tribune editorial: What you hear today, you'll hear tomorrow

Mar 31, 2016 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Hungry killer whales waiting for Columbia River salmon

Dec 15, 2015 - New York Times: Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred

Nov 4, 2015 - Huff Post: Newborn Orca 'Baby Boom' Depends Upon Our Breaching Deadbeat Dams

Oct 27, 2015 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Orcas growing factor in Columbia River salmon management

Oct 6, 2015 - Canoe & Kayak: Paddling Against Deadbeat Dams at the Free the Snake Flotilla

Aug 21, 2015 - Patagonia's The Cleanest Line: Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake

Aug 18, 2015 - High Country News: Why is bad science protecting the Lower Snake River dams?

Aug 15, 2015 - Spokesman-Review Editorial: Drought put new facet on U.S.-Canada river treaty

Aug 3, 2015 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Dead Salmon, climate change and Northwest dams

Aug 3, 2015 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Sockeye death toll a predictable disaster

Jun 23, 2015 - Spokesman-Review guest opinion: Pope's letter on environment a call for change

Jun 17, 2015 - Nat Geo Guest Blog: Breach the Snake River Dams

May 21, 2015 - WDC Guest Blog: Southern Resident Orcas and the Snake River

Apr 22, 2015 - Patagonia Ad: Don't Hold Back

Apr 20, 2015 - Lewiston Tribune editorial: Dam cost-benefit study even better idea today

Mar 11, 2015 - Idaho Statesman Columnist Rocky Barker: New numbers won't change debate about Snake River structures

Mar 2, 2015 - LMT Commentary: Waddell is not so easy to ignore (2)

Mar 2, 2015 - LMT Editorial: Will taxpayers dub it a 'Port to Nowhere'?

Mar 2, 2015 - LMT Editorial: Will taxpayers dub it a 'Port to Nowhere'? (2)

Feb 28, 2015 - Guest Opinion: Survival of endangered orcas in the Salish Sea depends on restoring chinook

Dec 8, 2014 - Guest Opinion: Aging infrastructure and scarce dollars means tough decisions

Nov 19, 2014 - Views from North of the Border: Treaty must consider climate change

Sep 11, 2014 - ACTION ALERT - Stop wasteful spending. Protect our wild salmon!

Aug 26, 2014 - New York Times: Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost

Aug 5, 2014 - Seattle Times letters to the editor: Salmon recovery: Don’t cut back on dam spills

Jul 28, 2014 - Spokesman Review Guest opinion: Value the water stored in Canada

Jul 28, 2014 - Idaho Statesman's Rocky Barker: Renewing Idaho's wild salmon and wild rivers

Jul 2, 2014 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Why the Columbia River Treaty matters

Jun 26, 2014 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Drug addiction and salmon policy

Jun 24, 2014 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Letters to the Editor

Jun 4, 2014 - The Fight for a Lawful Salmon Plan

Mar 13, 2014 - Seattle Times: Weigh all the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty

Feb 9, 2014 - Daily Astorian: Editorial: Latest salmon deal is disappointing (again)

Jan 28, 2014 - Seattle Times Editorial: Water over dams saves salmon

Jan 27, 2014 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Idaho and its chinook deserve an expansion of water spills

Jan 24, 2014 - Lewiston Tribune Editorial: Feds’ predictable fish plan keeps careers going

Jan 22, 2014 - Update: a not-so-new Federal Plan for Columbia/Snake salmon and steelhead

Jan 2, 2014 - New York Times Blog: The Law That Saved the Bald Eagle

Dec 16, 2013 - Protect the Lower Snake-Oppose Harmful, Unlawful Dredging!

Dec 15, 2013 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Columbia River plan fails to protect salmon

Dec 5, 2013 - An enhanced spill experiment – costs and carbon impacts are modest and manageable.

Dec 2, 2013 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Federal Government doing too little to help Columbia salmon

Nov 18, 2013 - Lewiston Tribune editorial: Can Labrador be as courageous at home?

Nov 15, 2013 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Consider ecosystem in U.S.-Canada negotiations for Columbia River Treaty

Oct 27, 2013 - Spokesman-Review op/ed: Include salmon, climate provisions in river treaty

Oct 25, 2013 - Seattle Times: Roll on Columbia River Treaty

Oct 8, 2013 - The Oregonian Editorial: The Northwest needs an overhauled Columbia River Treaty.

Oct 7, 2013 - Lewiston Tribune: Bye-Bye to barging on the Snake, Clearwater?

Sep 27, 2013 - Lewiston Tribune editorial: Idaho lost more than a megaload court case

Sep 18, 2013 - LMT Editorial: Feds' fifth fish recovery plan invites a sixth

Sep 17, 2013 - Spokesman-Review Editorial: Thorough, fair ruling for U.S. 12 megaloads

Sep 17, 2013 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Same old story

Sep 15, 2013 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Same old story (2)

Jul 15, 2013 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Save the law that protects America's natural capital

Jun 20, 2013 - Renewing the Columbia River Treaty: a-once-in-our-lifetime chance

Jun 7, 2013 - LMT Guest Opinion: If you do the math, dams don't add up

May 16, 2013 - Climate Change Prevention and Care

May 8, 2013 - Paul Lumley: To manage the Columbia River, we need a new treaty for a new era (2)

May 5, 2013 - Spokesman Review guest opinion: It’s time to assess use of shrinking tax dollars on lower Snake River dams

Apr 22, 2013 - The Oregonian: A 21st-century blueprint for saving Oregon species from climate change

Apr 15, 2013 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Good news - There are chinook and coho seasons

Apr 12, 2013 - Fires, Sediment, Salmon and Taxpayers

Mar 7, 2013 - Old Arguments, New Realities

Mar 7, 2013 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Don't take Linwood Laughy's word for it

Feb 11, 2013 - Seattle Times Editorial: BPA, the next 75 years

Jan 24, 2013 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Judging River Dredging Plan By the Numbers

Jan 11, 2013 - Bellingham Herald Op-ed: Basin stakeholders talks could break stalemate

Dec 21, 2012 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Will NOAA’s new process matter?

Dec 21, 2012 - Editorial: Saving Columbia Basin salmon requires a boost in the Northwest's focus and ingenuity

Dec 6, 2012 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: Idaho salmon: The $9,000 sockeye? There is a better answer.

Dec 3, 2012 - Op-ed in the Columbian: Time for new approach to save salmon

Nov 15, 2012 - Chinook Observer Editorial: Let’s cooperate on salmon

Nov 15, 2012 - Daily Astorian Editorial: Salmon recovery waits on Obama

Nov 15, 2012 - Settling fish vs. dams: Is there a better time?

Nov 15, 2012 - Bend Bulletin Op-ed: Clean energy plans must not forget endangered salmon

Nov 7, 2012 - NOAA, We Have a Problem

Oct 16, 2012 - Governor's call for salmon collaboration is an economic opportunity

Oct 16, 2012 - Sac Bee Viewpoints: Collaborative solutions will benefit 'Pacific Salmon States'

Oct 16, 2012 - We can end the Columbia basin salmon wars now by balancing energy, conservation

Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia

Aug 14, 2012 - The Worst Dam Bill Ever

Jul 30, 2012 - NYTimes Opinionator: Biological Boomerang

Jun 28, 2012 - Saving Salmon to Save Orcas

May 29, 2012 - The Columbian: Twin milestones illustrate importance of Endangered Species Act

May 9, 2012 - Lewiston Tribune Editorial: Fish or dams? Why not try a third choice?

Apr 5, 2012 - BPA stifling opportunities for salmon, wind, and jobs

Jan 5, 2012 - Sustainable Business Oregon: Let's stop defending failure in the Columbia Basin by Jeff Hickman

Dec 5, 2011 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: A judge has stepped up for Idaho’s fish. Now it’s our turn.

Nov 9, 2011 - Oregonian Op-ed - Saving salmon: Northwest businesses deserve seats at the table

Aug 18, 2011 - News Tribune Oped: Ruling brings opportunity to rebuild fisheries, expand our green economy

Aug 15, 2011 - Register Guard Oped: Give stakeholders a chance on salmon survival plan

Aug 12, 2011 - New York Times Editorial: The Salmon Deserve Better

May 16, 2011 - Seattle Times Op-Ed by Pat Ford: Wild salmon and wind power can work together

May 13, 2011 - Don't let BPA squander clean energy jobs and innovation.

Mar 29, 2011 - Oped in Capital Press by Brett Swift - Fewer dams will improve Columbia-Snake river system

Mar 17, 2011 - Oregonian: Scientists respond to Lubchenco Op-Ed

Feb 13, 2011 - Oregonian Op-ed: The reckoning: A looming decision on endangered salmon will set the stage for momentous battles over the future

Aug 22, 2010 - Columbia salmon policy still driven by ideology, not science - Oregonian op-ed by Steven Hawley

Aug 16, 2010 - Oregonian - August 16th, 2010: Columbia River salmon: The fishermen's plan is starting to work

Jun 1, 2010 - Seattle Times: Crafting the operating manual for the Columbia River system

Apr 22, 2010 - Idaho Statesman Editorial, April 21, 2010 - SALMON: A good day, and a good decision, for Idaho fish

Apr 11, 2010 - Columbian Op-Ed by Dan Grogan: Protect fish to protect fisheries

Apr 7, 2010 - Seattle Times Editorial, April 7th, 2010: Water over the dam works for salmon

Apr 2, 2010 - Lewiston Tribune Editorial - April 2nd, 2010: Feds would shut off tap on fishing economy

Mar 23, 2010 - Oregonian Op-ed by Rod Sando: Federal approach still harms salmon

Mar 20, 2010 - Oregonian Op-Ed by Steven Hawley: "What don't we know about the Columbia salmon plan?"

Mar 11, 2010 - L.A. Times - An upstream battle over chinook salmon

Jan 28, 2010 - Idaho Statesman - Dr. Steve Bruce: More broken promises from Army Corps

Jan 25, 2010 - LA Times Editorial: Save the salmon -- and us

Jan 25, 2010 - Seattle Times Editorial - For healthy returns, juvenile salmon have to reach the ocean

Dec 26, 2009 - Register Guard Editorial: Release salmon findings - December 26th, 2009

Dec 21, 2009 - Daily Astorian - Letters to the Editor - Oct. 7th, 2009

Dec 17, 2009 - Astorian Editorial: Obama was right

Nov 9, 2009 - Spokesman-Review Guest opinion: Clean energy action crucial by Don Barbieri

Oct 29, 2009 - Chico News & Review: Saving an American icon

Oct 26, 2009 - Los Angeles Times Op-ed by Carl Pope: Noah's Ark for Salmon

Oct 26, 2009 - PLENTY Magazine: Bill McKibben sees the environmental health of a nation in the plight of our salmon and the battle over offshore drilling

Oct 19, 2009 - Register Guard Op-ed by Glen Spain: Obama’s salmon plan just repackages Bush’s failed effort

Oct 12, 2009 - Editorials & Opinions - Columbia & Snake River Salmon in the Media

Oct 9, 2009 - Oregonian Op-ed by Governor Kulongoski: Another flawed plan to protect salmon

Oct 7, 2009 - Oregonian Op-ed: For wild salmon, more business as usual

Sep 27, 2009 - Register Guard Op-ed: We need to both help salmon and produce cleaner energy

Sep 19, 2009 - New York Times Editorial: Not There on Salmon, September 20th, 2009

Sep 16, 2009 - The Caddis Fly - Oregon Fly Fishing: Meet the new boss: same as the old boss

Aug 26, 2009 - Tacoma News Tribune Op-Ed by Sara Patton: Salmon, water, energy policies should be considered together

Aug 17, 2009 - SF Chronicle: Doing away with dams

Aug 12, 2009 - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES Editorial: Giving Snake River salmon a lift

Aug 12, 2009 - THE NEW YORK TIMES Editorial: Salmon Test

Aug 10, 2009 - BUFFALO NEWS: Bust the dams, save the salmon

Aug 9, 2009 - Oregonian op-ed: Dam decision poses test for Obama team

Aug 9, 2009 - Boston Globe Editorial: Salmon: A dam shame

Aug 5, 2009 - Press Release: Former governors & Fishing Business Letters to President Obama

Aug 4, 2009 - Register Guard Editorial - August 4th, 2009: Prepare for dam removal

Jul 24, 2009 - Seattle Times, July 24th, 2009: A new twist in dam removal on the Snake River

Jul 6, 2009 - LA Times OpEd: Paul VanDevelder July 6. 2009

Jul 5, 2009 - New York Times: July 4th, 2009 Editorial

Jun 15, 2009 - Idaho Statesman: Chris Wood Op-ed June 15, 2009

Jun 5, 2009 - Mike Crapo steps outside Larry Craig's shadow

Jun 5, 2009 - OREGONIAN: The false choice on endangered salmon

Apr 29, 2009 - America to President Obama: Please Save Wild Salmon in the Columbia & Snake Rivers!

Apr 11, 2009 - NEW YORK TIMES: Dr. Lubchenco and the salmon

Apr 5, 2009 - Cecil Andrus Op-ed: A workable salmon policy for the Northwest

Mar 31, 2009 - Spokesman Review: Guest Opinion, Dustin Aherin, May 18, 2008

Mar 23, 2009 - High Country News, March 23rd, 2009: 2017 is just around the corner

Mar 5, 2009 - Seattle P-I Editorial - Feb 22, 2009 - Washington Century: Salmon

Mar 2, 2009 - Saving Snake River salmon will save Puget Sound killer whales

May 2, 2008 - Seattle Times Guest columnists: Connect the dots to save orcas, salmon

Oct 31, 2007 - The Salmon Extinction Plan

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