Salmon Mean Business
Restoring wild salmon to the Columbia/Snake is about more than just saving fish. It’s also about saving our economy. Salmon are a critical part of the northwest economy, supporting a diverse set of industries including fishing, tourism, renewable energy, and outdoor retailers bringing billions to the northwest and creating thousands of jobs.
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The National Salmon Mean Business Letter to President Obama and Congress
Over 1100 American businesses, providing jobs in fishing, food, farming, recreation, tourism and clean energy call for decisive policy change in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Businesses from across the country are urging the Obama Administration and Members of Congress to craft a plan that recovers abundant salmon and steelhead populations, puts thousands of people to work, saves taxpayer dollars, and helps build a clean and affordable energy future.
Commercial fishing is an important part of the Pacific Coast economy. A restored Snake River will mean the return of good, living-wage jobs.
The Columbia and Snake Rivers were once the most productive salmon and steelhead system in the world. This abundance supported robust tribal, commercial and recreational fisheries in the Pacific salmon states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, and Alaska. Dams have eliminated many of these jobs but a restored river can revitalize our fishing economy and way of life.
Commercial fishing families have paid the price
In order to compensate for the salmon-killing dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, fishing men and women all along the West Coast have been asked to make significant sacrifices that have reduced fishing seasons and eliminated fishing jobs.
Dams - not fishermen-are the real "harvesters" of Columbia Basin salmon. Check out the pdf on the "real harvesters". Immediately after the completion of the four dams on the lower Snake River in 1975, these salmon populations plummeted to just 10% of their pre-dam levels. Under the most recent federal salmon plan, dams and their reservoirs would be allowed to continue killing more than 90% of young Snake River salmon migrating downstream...before they ever reach the ocean.
Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard: New Project Benefits Wild Salmon
"To do good...you actually have to do something."
- Yvon Chouinard
Right now, Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard, is appearing on an American Express commercial as part of their 'members project' with Takepart.com. The piece features Yvon climbing in and around Ventura County in California.
The commercial also features the Matilija Dam, a dam that Yvon and many others have been working to remove for more than 15 years. The outdated monstrosity sits upstream from Patagonia HQ on a tributary of the Ventura River. With its crumbling concrete and silt-filled reservoir, Matilija no longer serves any beneficial purpose. Its removal would allow native Steelhead to once again use the river to spawn, and give local beaches a much needed boost in sediments (more sand) from the Creek's steep canyons.
If successful, it would be largest dam yet to be removed in the United States.
Outdoor Industry Leaders Seek Solutions from Congress
In the summer of 2009, more than 115 outdoor business leaders signed on to a letter asking Members of Congress to support a legislative solution that will restore the Columbia Basin’s wild salmon and steelhead runs to vibrant, self-sustaining levels. Please take a look at the supporters below.
Salmon solutions bill introduced in House of Representatives
On July 31st, 2009, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI), joined by 20 additional co-sponsors from across the nation, introduced the Salmon Solutions and Planning Act (SSPA) in the House of Representatives. The bill would provide Congress and federal agencies with up-to-date, thorough information about how best to protect and restore wild salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia and Snake River Basin.
Portland, Oregon Folks: Help us create a new park!
ConservationNEXT, outreach arm of the Conservation Alliance, in conjunction with Clackamas River Basin Council, is hosting a “Backyard Collective” - a restoration work event to help create a new Clackamas County Park near Boring, Oregon.
ConservationNEXT’s Backyard Collective is a roving volunteer event organized by that brings together outdoor industry employees, Conservation Alliance grantees (like Save Our Wild Salmon!), and community volunteers for a day of hands-on environmental stewardship.
A local business owner recently donated 4 acres of land to become a new Clackamas County Park. This will be a model project for the community and we will be the first crew to improve this land with invasive species removal, constructing a trailhead and trail restoration of the Spring Water trail that runs through the area.
- Aug 05, 2009 - Recreational Fishing Industry Letter to President Obama
- Aug 05, 2009 - Recreational Fishing Industry calls on President Obama for solution to Columbia Basin salmon crisis
- Mar 06, 2009 - Business Community calls for solutions on the Columbia-Snake
- May 13, 2011 - Rep. Markey on BPA: Please Reconsider Proposed Wind Power Policy
- May 13, 2011 - Don't let BPA squander clean energy jobs and innovation.