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Save Our wild Salmon Action Alerts - 2017

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Endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia-Snake River Basin need healthier, more resilient rivers that connect the ocean and freshwater habitats these iconic fish need to spawn and rear - to survive and thrive. SOS is focused on protecting and restoring the healthier rivers wild salmon need by holding federal and state agencies accountable to our nation's laws and the needs and well-being of our communities.

You can show your support for protecting and restoring Pacific Northwest wild salmon and steelhead - and all the benefits they deliver to our communities, wildlife and ecosystems - by contacting your elected officials and targeted policymakers today.

Take action below. Share links to this page with your networks. Urge your friends and family to contact their elected officials. Pressure on our elected officials - and support when they do the right thing - is critical to protecting our wild salmon and steelhead and restoring the rivers and watersheds they need.

Thank you for contacting your elected officials and targeted policymakers. Please check back here regularly for new and updated actions.

(1) Contact your Member of Congress in Washington, Oregon and Idaho!
(2) Contact Governor Inslee (WA):
(3) Contact Governor Brown (OR):

And you can sign up for our online newsletter and periodic action alerts HERE.


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Save Our wild Salmon 2016 - The Year in Review
What we’ve accomplished – and what’s ahead.


donateTHANK YOU! On behalf of our board and staff, thank you for your active support for SOS’ work to protect and restore the iconic and irreplaceable wild salmon and steelhead of the Columbia by securing a lawful federal plan, freeing the lower Snake River by removing four costly dams, and modernizing the 53 year-old United State-Canada Columbia River Treaty.

SOS’ successes have only been achieved with your steadfast support and engagement. Governments will not 'Free the Snake', modernize the Treaty, rebuild Chinook populations for hungry orca or replace the dams’ energy with job-creating, climate-friendly alternatives. People will - arguing and advocating, listening and learning, finding common ground, and ultimately crafting solutions for a better, brighter future for both salmon and people, ecology and economy.

Thank you for your contributions to our successes. Your generous support before the end of the year are critical to helping us prepare us to tackle the both opportunities and challenges we’ll confront in 2017.

-- INVEST in our work in 2017 here. (Gifts to SOS tax-deductible)

-- SEE OUR YEAR-END DONOR GIFTS and raffle prizes (hats, shirts, and books) here.

-- VIEW A GALLERY OF PHOTOS from this year’s ‘Free the Snake’ Flotilla and Northwest Salmon Rallies this fall organized as part of the NEPA Scoping Period.

-- READ ON BELOW for a review our accomplishments in 2016 and preview of programs and activities for 2017.

And please reach out to Joseph Bogaard in Seattle or Sam Mace in Spokane – if you have questions about year-end giving and/or our programs and priorities in 2017.


2016 Photos:
'Free the Snake' Flotilla & NEPA salmon and river rallies

The following photos were taken in the second half of 2016 - at the second annual 'Free the Snake' Rally and Flotilla on the lower Snake River near Lewiston (ID) and Clarkston (WA) in September. Other photos were taken this fall at a series of events and rallies in support of wild salmon and a freely-flowing Snake River.

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Save our wild Salmon 2016 Year-End Donor Gifts and Raffle Prizes

donateTHANK YOU for msos.logo1aking a generous donation to Save Our wild Salmon before December 31st this year. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

You can learn about our accomplishments in 2016 and to get a preview of the opportunities and challenges we'll face in 2017 here.

If you have any questions about our programs and priorities - or about year-end giving, please contact Joseph or Sam. We'll be happy to help!

This year, we are offering a number of donor gifts and raffle prizes. For every $10 you donate, you'll receive a virtual raffle ticket. A $100 donation will translate into 10 tickets. We're offering three copies books as our raffle prizes this year. See details below. We'll choose the winners at random and announce them soon after the first of the year.

Thank you again for your generous support for our work. We can't do it without you!

You can select/order your gift at our donation page here.

you can also send checks here:

Save Our wild Salmon
811 First Ave, #305
Seattle, WA 98104



(1) RAVEN Map of the Pacific Northwest (24" x 36")

For gifts of $50 or more.


(2) Save Our wild Salmon Fleece Hat

Keep your brains warm this winter!

For gifts of $50 or more.




(3) T-SHIRT - Watercolor by acclaimed Hope (ID) artist Eileen Klatt

This is a large image across the front.

For gifts of $75 or more.

Send your preferred size to .



(3) T-SHIRT - 'FREE THE SNAKE' - Design by Patagonia

1st Annual 'Free the Snake' T is blue / small chest logo w/ large image on back (not pictured)

2nd Annual 'Free the Snake' T is green / small chest logo w/ large image on back (see below)

For gifts of $75 or more.

Send your preferred color and size to




(1) Three copies of SOLUTIONARY RAIL by Bill Moyer and Patrick Mazza, with a forward by Bill McKibben.

Signed by Bill Moyer, co-author and executive director of the Backbone Campaign


Could railroads, the oldest form of mechanized mass transportation, be the key to unlocking solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century? Unique among modes of long-haul transport, rail can be electrified. So, why not power trains with renewable energy? Might a clean, modernized, higher-speed rail network draw freight and passengers off the highways and back onto the tracks? Could electrifying the railroads actually open new transmission corridors and increase the supply and reliability of electricity from wind and solar? If the rest of the world is already electrifying their railroads, why isn't the US?





tom mccall“If salmon are running, God knows that all is well in His world…the health of the environment is good if the salmon are around. It is that simple.”     –  former Oregon Governor Tom McCall





The late governor was right of course. In addition to being awe-inspiring, river-ocean-river explorers, salmon and steelhead are barometers of the health of our lands and waters. Policies protecting salmon also protect rivers and watersheds. And salmon abundance creates thousands of jobs in tribal and non-tribal fishing communities across the Northwest.

The recent abundance of fall chinook and sockeye pouring into the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean is no accident. It’s result of both “human forces” like court-mandated salmon spill as well as natural forces like favorable ocean conditions.

Working together, SOS, the State of Oregon and Nez Perce Tribe fought for and won one of our region's most effective salmon recovery policies (short of dam removal) - court-ordered spill at eight federal dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers every year since 2006. It has helped all dam-passing salmon and steelhead populations in the basin - stabilizing many of the endangered stocks and boosting the Columbia’s fall chinook and sockeye runs in recent years.

The combination of successful litigation, mobilized people, and political impact patiently and persistently applied by SOS, Oregon, and Tribal allies since 1995 is the main reason that:

  • joel copyCourt-ordered spill every spring and summer since 2006 is delivering young salmon more quickly and safely to the ocean. Aided by favorable ocean conditions:
    • Spill has helped to dramatically increase Columbia River sockeye and fall Chinook returns in recent years.
    • Spill has helped re-establish naturally spawning Snake River sockeye salmon.
    • Spill – coupled with impressive Nez Perce Tribal projects – is helping to give Snake River coho, declared extinct 35 years ago, a new fighting chance.
  • Up to half of Snake River salmon are now migrating in the river, not in barges or trucks.
  • There are thousands more fishing jobs today than in the 1990s - a decade of severe job losses and fishing closures.
  • Working with Columbia Basin Tribes, SOS helped secure a Regional Recommendation supporting “Ecosystem Function” as a new third purpose in a modernized Columbia River Treaty.

Bonneville Power Administration and other federal agencies would have done virtually none of this work without the constant pressure of litigation, people and politics – organized, coordinated and advanced by SOS and our allies. Your active support of our steady work to repair Northwest rivers, salmon and communities form the foundation of our success to date.

While Governor McCall surely would celebrate the fall chinook and sockeye that roiled the Columbia’s waters recently, he would also recognize that not ‘all is well’. Despite our significant successes, much work remains.

Columbia/Snake River salmon have not recovered and our job is not done.

Save Our wild Salmon is the Northwest’s only coalition of conservationists, fishing people, clean energy advocates, and businesses fighting to restore health to the Columbia and Snake rivers and their endangered wild salmon and steelhead.  With your support, we’ll continue our fierce advocacy for abundant wild salmon and healthy rivers, and our effective coordination of a diverse, dispersed coalition and its allies on critical litigation, policy and outreach initiatives.

On behalf of our staff and board, I want to express our deep appreciation to you for being part of the SOS family. Your active involvement and generous support is essential to our continued success. Thank you.

lots of fishHere’s a list of some key 2014 achievements and a view of what’s ahead in 2015.

Thanks to eight years of court-mandated spill, newly-restored access to habitats, and a productive ocean, this year’s return of 1,000,000+ fall chinook and 500,000+ sockeye to the Columbia River delivered a tremendous slug of all-important ‘marine-derived nutrients” to the region’s wildlife and ecosystems and a big boost to the Northwest fishing economy, These abundant returns demonstrate salmon’s astonishing resilience - when we give them what they need.

Looking forward into 2015, SOS objectives remain unchanged: to win wild salmon-sustaining operations of federal dams and reservoirs on the Columbia River, and to remove the four costly, deadly, out-dated dams on the lower Snake.

SOS will continue to fight for expanded ‘spill’ and a lawful federal salmon plan:   Salmon and fishing advocates and the State of Oregon fought long and hard with BPA and the other agencies in 2014 – urging them to heed the advice of many regional federal, state, and tribal scientists to give salmon and steelhead more of a good thing: spill! The agencies, however, would not budge.

When faced with this year’s recycled and spill-reducing Federal Salmon Plan, SOS groups, Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe were left with little choice but to return to court - to hold foot-dragging agencies accountable and insist again that they follow the law and craft an effective legal plan that truly protects and restores Columbia/Snake Basin salmon and steelhead to abundance. We expect a court ruling in mid-2015. copySOS will continue building momentum to restore a free-flowing lower Snake River:  This year, SOS organized more than two dozen DamNation screenings before thousands of people in the Northwest and Washington D.C. – in partnership with Patagonia, and many businesses and organizations. If you have not yet seen it, you should! DamNation is compelling – an inspiring film about America’s growing movement to remove obsolete dams, repair damaged rivers and restore fish and wildlife. DamNation has won over a dozen awards and the filmmakers were recently nominated as 2015 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year. This outstanding film continues to foster a critical conversation over the future of the lower Snake and other dammed rivers across the country.

We’ll continue to host DamNation screenings in 2015 - kicking off with a Patagonia-sponsored screening in Washington D.C. We’ll spend a week this winter in our nation’s capital promoting the film and meeting with members of Congress and Administration officials to explore opportunities for restoring the Snake River and its endangered salmon and steelhead. We’re still hatching plans for additional Northwest screenings, so stay tuned. And - regardless of where you live – contact us if you have ideas for screenings or would like to host a screening in your community. We welcome your ideas and energies!

nav lockSOS will continue working to prevent harmful dredging and wasteful spending on the lower Snake:  For the last two years, SOS has helped lead an alliance of groups and talented local leaders to block the Army Corps of Engineers’ expensive, destructive plans to dredge the lower Snake River. In November, SOS member groups and the Nez Perce Tribe filed a lawsuit to invalidate the Corps’ "sediment management" plan and block dredging on the lower Snake River this winter.

We’re pointing a spotlight at this economically unsustainable, unjustifiable “waterway to nowhere”. With independent analyses and public scrutiny, we’ll continue to challenge the Army Corps’ unsupported assertion that the Northwest can’t live without this aging, costly and little-used transportation corridor. In truth, we can no longer afford to maintain it. SOS will also continue its outreach to local farmers and other stakeholders and support continued expansion of local rail networks – an efficient transportation alternative to a costly waterway-in-decline.

prayervigilFinally, SOS will continue to co-lead a diverse coalition to modernize the Columbia River Treaty:   Allied with Columbia Basin Tribes, First Nations and faith communities, SOS will lead conservation and fishing advocates in 2015 to bring the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty into the 21st Century. Only a modernized Treaty can right historic wrongs and help to restore the river’s health and rebuild fish and wildlife populations. A modernized Treaty should also help our two nations promote the development of new sources of clean non-hydro, salmon-friendly renewable energy.

2015 will be a very important year. We face big opportunities as well as challenges. With your support, we’ll solidify the progress we’ve made to date and expand it across the basin – especially for the endangered stocks in the Snake River and its tributaries.

Please give as generously as you can.

From all of us at Save Our wild Salmon - thank you!

Joseph Bogaard, 
Executive Director

Save Our wild Salmon Coalition

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PS: We have a lot of irons in the fire. Take a look at our website to learn more about our programs and accomplishments. Please reach out to me directly ( / 206-300-1003) if you’d like to discuss our work or have any questions about year-end giving. Thank you again. Take care - JB

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The newly restored Elwha River cutting its way through the former reservoir. Photo courtesy of John Gussman.

Here's a list of companies that match employee donations:

Listed below are some larger companies that match employee donations to non-profit organizations like SOS. If your company is not listed, you can find out from your human resources office if your employer offers a matching gift program. If you are eligible for an employer matching gift, we hope that you will request an application from your human resources office!

Matching gifts often double and sometimes, even triple your donation to SOS.

National companies with employee matching programs:

3M Foundation
Abbott Laboratories
AIG (American Intl Group)
Air Products and Chemicals
Alliance Capital Management
Altria/Phillip Morris
AMD/Adv. Micro Devices
Ameren Corporation
American Express
American Electric Power
American International Group, Inc
American Standard Foundation
AON Corporation
*Arizona Republic/Gannett
Argonaut Group
Automatic Data Processing Inc
Auto Nation
Auto Owners Insurance
Avon Products
AXA Financial
Bank of America
Bank One
Bard Medical
Barnes Group
BAX Global
Baxter Healthcare
Best Foods
BF Goodrich Aerospace
Black & Decker Corporation
The Boeing Company
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Cable One
Cendant Corp
Charles Schwab Corp.
Circuit City
Citgo Petroleum
CAN (Insurance & Financial)
Coca-Cola Company
Compaq Computer
Countrywide Financial
Delta Air Lines
Dial Corp
Duetsche Bank/Alex Brown
Dunn & Bradstreet
Eli Lily & Company
Enterprise Rent Car
Fannie Mae
Farmers Group (Insurance)
First Data
Follett Corporation
Ford Foundation
Fortune Brands
Frito Lay Corporation
Gap Stores
General Dynamics
General Electric
*General Mills
General Motors
Gillett company
Glaxo SmithKline
Harris Trust
Hewlett Packard
Home Depot
Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Household International
IKON Office Solutions
In-N-Out Burger
International Paper Company
ITW/Illinois Tool Works
John Hancock Life Ins. Co.
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase (Tempe)
Kaplan Educational Centers
Lehman Brothers Investments
Lockheed Martin
Lowes Home Improvements
Macy’s West
March & McLennan
MassMutual Financial Insurance
MasterCard International
May Company
Mazda North America
McKesson (Phoenix)
Merrill Lynch
Met Life
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi International
Mobil Retiree Program
Morgan Stanley
National Computer Systems
Neiman Marcus Group
Northern Trust
Northrup/General Signal
Northwest Airlines
Northwestern Mutual
OCE Digital Document Service
Oracle Corporation
*Pacific Life
Pearson NCS
Phelps Dodge
Piper Jaffray
Pitney Bowes
Procter & Gamble
Radio Shack
Rain for Rent
Ralston Purina
Robinson’s May
SAFECO Insurance
Sallie Mae
Salomon Smith Barney
Sara Lee Corporation
Shell Oil Company
Siemens Energy & Automation
Simplex Grinnell Fire System
Sony Music Entertainment, Inc
Southwest Gas
Square D
Starwood Foundation
State Farm
Subaru of America
Sun Micro Systems
Texas Instruments
Time Warner
Toys R Us/ Babies R Us
Traveler’s Express
T. Rowe Price
Tyco International
UPS - United Parcel Service
United Space alliance
United Technologies
US Airways
US Bancorp
Vanguard Group
Vulcan Materials Company
Washington Group
Washington Mutual
Wells Fargo
Weyerhaeuser Company
Wrigley Mg. Co.
Wyeth Corporation
Yum Brands

Companies That Are Based in or Have Offices in Washington and Oregon:
Allstate Insurance Company
American Express
Ameriprise Financial
Applied Materials
Autodesk, Inc.
Bank of the West
Cardinal Health
Charles Schwab
First Independent
Gap, Inc.
Hunter-Davisson, Inc.
Iberdrola Renewables
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaiser Permanente
Liberty Mutual
Morgan Stanley
The ODS Companies
Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Safeco Insurance
The Standard
Umpqua Bank
Wells Fargo


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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