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January 31, 2024

Lewiston Morning Tribune: Dam deal’s in eye of beholder

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Republicans call it a secret and radical agreement, while Biden officials say it will bring stability, help fish and communities By Eric Barker of the Tribune Jan 31, 2024 Senior members of the Biden administration and Republican members of Congress painted… Read More
January 16, 2024

KUOW: 'They're our relatives.' Samish Indian Nation prepares to welcome new orca calf to Puget Sound

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A newborn orca surfaces next to orca J40 in central Puget Sound on Dec. 26, 2023 Photo by Maya Sears under NMFS Permit 27052 By Gustavo Sagrero ÁlvarezJanuary 03, 2024 Since the recent birth of a southern resident orca calf, Coast Salish tribes have begun… Read More
December 18, 2023

High Country News: Lower Snake River dams closer to coming down with new agreement

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After decades of litigation, the historic initiative among states, tribes and the federal government signals a dramatic change for the region. By Anna V. Smith Dec. 15, 2023 On Thursday, the Biden administration announced its support for preparing to breach… Read More
December 18, 2023

NPB: Historic agreement seen as a harbinger to Snake River dam removal

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By Courtney Flatt December 15, 2023 After decades of courtroom drama, a document leak and years of negotiation, federal officials agreed with six Northwest tribes to restore salmon, build-up clean energy and begin studying how to replace services the Lower… Read More
December 15, 2023

Lewiston Tribune: It’s official: Dam agreement announced

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Deal between federal government and those opposed to four dams on lower Snake River will include $1 billion in federal funds and a hold on lawsuits for at least five years By Eric Barker Of the Tribune Dec 15, 2023 The Biden administration announced today it… Read More
December 15, 2023

Lewiston Tribune: Salmon and dam agreement formally announced, features $1 billion in federal funds and pause on lawsuits

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By Eric Barker Of the Tribune Dec 14, 2023 The Biden administration announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Nez Perce Tribe, Oregon and other plaintiffs challenging the operation of dams that harm wild salmon on the lower Snake and Columbia… Read More
December 15, 2023

Seattle Times: Biden administration promises $1 billion more for salmon, clean energy — but punts on Lower Snake River dam removal in major agreement

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Dec. 14, 2023By Lynda V. Mapes In a major agreement over the operations of hydropower dams in the Columbia River Basin, the federal government has promised to spend $1 billion to help restore wild salmon, assist in the build-out of new tribal clean energy… Read More
December 15, 2023

NPR: Tribes celebrate historic deal with White House that could save Pacific Northwest salmon

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December 14, 2023By Kirk Siegler BOISE, Idaho — The White House has reached what it says is an historic agreement over the restoration of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, a deal that could end for now a decades long legal battle with tribes. Facing lawsuits,… Read More
December 15, 2023

AP News: Conservationists, tribes say deal with Biden administration is a road map to breach Snake River dams

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By Gene JohnsonDecember 14, 2023 SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government said Thursday it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next decade to help recover depleted populations of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, and that it will help figure out how to… Read More

Dec 15, 2023 - E&E News: White House pledges $1B to restore Pacific Northwest salmon, steelhead

Dec 15, 2023 - Tri-City Herald: ‘Historic’ Columbia River agreement called ‘roadmap’ to breaching Snake River dams

Dec 13, 2023 - The Spokesman-Review: Cantwell, Risch urge Biden, Trudeau to prioritize negotiations on critical Columbia River Treaty provisions

Nov 30, 2023 - AP: Leaked document says US is willing to build energy projects in case Snake River dams are breached

Nov 9, 2023 - CBC News: Sinixt want a say in Columbia River Treaty renegotiations

Nov 5, 2023 - Global News: First Nations in B.C. seek salmon return to Columbia Basin in new treaty with U.S

Nov 3, 2023 - NWNews: Tribal members gather to demand the federal government uphold treaty obligations, protect salmon

Nov 3, 2023 - Seattle Times: Northwest Tribes build momentum in large gathering for dam removal, salmon restoration

Oct 25, 2023 - Vancouver Sun: Drought reveals cracks in Canada-U.S. Columbia River Treaty as B.C. lake dries up

Oct 19, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: ‘Unusually large’ toxic algal bloom covers 30-mile stretch of the Lower Snake River

Oct 13, 2023 - KUOW: Large Snake River toxic algal bloom hasn’t happened before

Oct 12, 2023 - Seattle Times: Tribe catches coho salmon on free-flowing Elwha River, a first since dam removals

Oct 2, 2023 - Lewiston-Tribune: Demonstrators gather for a free-flowing Snake River

Sep 28, 2023 - Spokesman Review: ‘This is historic’: Biden orders whole-of-government effort to restore salmon in Columbia, Snake rivers

Sep 27, 2023 - Seattle Times: President Biden calls for abundant salmon in Columbia, Snake rivers

Sep 26, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Feds back tribal-led salmon campaign

Sep 1, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Federal government, salmon advocates agree to continue talks that could lead to breaching Snake River dams

Sep 1, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Parties seek extension in dams debate

Sep 1, 2023 - Seattle Times: Dam removal still on table as settlement talks over Lower Snake River operations continue

Aug 28, 2023 - Seattle Times: Celebrating the life of Tokitae the orca on San Juan Island

Aug 4, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Snake River sockeye run sputters

Jul 24, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Sockeye begin epic Northwest journey

Jul 19, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Dam Study: More research required

Jun 27, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Environmentalists, politicians clash over Republican hearing to defend Snake River dams

Jun 21, 2023 - Seattle Times: The massive dam removal on the Klamath may save salmon but can’t solve the West’s water crisis

Jun 14, 2023 - Seattle Times: As the West’s dam removal movement presses on, could the Lower Snake be next?

May 22, 2023 - Northwest Public Broadcasting: PNW artists’ work evokes salmon to educate, inspire change

May 18, 2023 - Public News Service: Historic Step Forward for Snake River Dam Replacement in WA Budget

Apr 26, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: This year’s return could be one of the smallest on record, and it appears there are a number of factors at play

Apr 20, 2023 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: As Expiration Date Nears, U.S., Canada Pushing To Finish Columbia River Treaty Negotiations By June; Uncertainty Over Future Operations A Motivator

Apr 13, 2023 - Idaho News 6: Idaho Youth head to U.S. Capitol to protect Salmon and Steelhead

Apr 10, 2023 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Canada, U.S. Meet For 16th Round Of Columbia River Treaty Negotiations; Biden, Trudeau Issue Statement

Apr 3, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Anti-dam overtakes listening session

Mar 27, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Washington expected to have a limited spring chinook season

Mar 24, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Bills unveiled to save Snake River dams

Mar 21, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: President Biden pledges support for efforts to restore salmon runs on the Snake and Columbia rivers

Mar 16, 2023 - Public News Service: In DC, Focus on Fish, NW Energy Grid

Mar 15, 2023 - Seattle Times: WA teen keeps youth at root of environmental movement

Feb 13, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Overall run forecast calls for more fish than last year; numbers on the Snake River are down slightly

Feb 9, 2023 - Phys.org: Salmon deplete fat stores while stopped at dams, study shows

Dec 1, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Northwest Tribal leaders welcome Biden’s new commitments at Tribal Nations Summit

Nov 18, 2022 - Seattle Times: ‘Momentous:’ Feds advance largest dam demo in US history

Nov 17, 2022 - Seattle Times: 5 exhibitions to see during Native American Heritage Month

Nov 1, 2022 - OPB: Hundreds of gallons of oil leak into Snake River from Little Goose Dam

Oct 7, 2022 - KUOW: Salmon advocates ask to include healthy ecosystems in Columbia River Treaty

Oct 3, 2022 - OPB: Federal report recommends removing four Lower Snake River dams to protect salmon

Sep 26, 2022 - OPB: The racism, and resilience, behind today’s Pacific Northwest salmon crisis

Sep 23, 2022 - The Lewiston Tribune: Speaking up for salmon

Sep 23, 2022 - Capital Press: Q&A: Simpson continues to push lower Snake River dam plan

Sep 20, 2022 - The Capital Press: Environmental groups urge update of Columbia River Treaty

Aug 31, 2022 - New York Times: Breaching Dams ‘Must Be an Option’ to Save Salmon, Washington Democrats Say

Aug 29, 2022 - AP News: Columbia River's Salmon Are at the Core of Ancient Religion

Aug 29, 2022 - KREM2: Inslee, Murray recommend taking action to make breaching Snake River dams a 'viable option'

Aug 26, 2022 - OPB: Benefits of Snake River dams must be replaced before breaching to save salmon, report says

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Murray and Inslee conclude breaching Snake River dams ‘not an option right now,’ while calling status quo unsustainable for salmon

Aug 26, 2022 - Seattle Times: Inslee, Murray say Snake River dam removal possible, but not yet

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Snake River spring Chinook struggling like never before, feds decide against classifying them as ‘endangered’

Aug 25, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SNAKE RIVER: Energy, fishing, conservation groups respond to Sen. Murray’s & Gov. Inslee’s presumptive plan for dam replacement

Aug 16, 2022 - Tri-City Herald: ‘Who are we without salmon?’ Tribes gather along dammed Snake River to call for action

Aug 15, 2022 - The New York Times: Plaintiffs in Long Fight Over Endangered Salmon Hope a Resolution is near

Aug 5, 2022 - OPB: Groups seek pause in long-running Columbia River Basin salmon dispute

Aug 5, 2022 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Salmon and dam talks get another year

Aug 4, 2022 - OPB and ProPublica: How the BPA is contributing to salmon’s decline in the Northwest

Jul 28, 2022 - NWNews: Federal report recommends breaching Lower Snake River dams to restore salmon

Jul 12, 2022 - Seattle Times: White House weighs in on Lower Snake River dam breaching in unusual power play

May 16, 2022 - Seattle Times: Indigenous carvers’ totem pole to journey across Pacific Northwest to bolster dam-removal movement

May 4, 2022 - The Bellingham Herald: ‘Spirit of the Waters’ totem pole journey begins. Here’s where you can see it

Apr 20, 2022 - E&E News: Climate activists put bull's-eye on hydropower dams in Wash.

Apr 5, 2022 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Officials seek change of course in wild salmon recovery

Apr 5, 2022 - The Olympian: Supporters march for salmon survival

Apr 5, 2022 - The News Tribune: Activists rally in Tacoma for Northwest salmon — next event is April 2 in Olympia

Mar 9, 2022 - NW News Network: Study says plans needed to replace Snake River dams power generation

Mar 9, 2022 - The Seattle Times: New calf joins endangered southern resident orcas; 2 other pregnancies lost

Mar 9, 2022 - NRDC: Saving Salmon—from One Generation of Fisherwomen to the Next

Mar 9, 2022 - KIRO 7: Activists create human mural to support saving orcas, salmon

Jan 27, 2022 - Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho heart, Idaho Ark - The Middle Fork is our best chance to sustain salmon in an uncertain future

Jan 14, 2022 - The Lewiston Tribune: RIVER ROAD TRIP PART 2 -- THE JOHN DAY Fewer dams provided migrating fish a significant advantage

Dec 13, 2021 - The Lewiston Tribune: RIVER ROAD TRIP PART 1 -- THE ELWHA RIVER When dams fell, salmon returned

Nov 9, 2021 - OPB: Salmon - the original superabundant food of the Pacific Northwest

Nov 2, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: Analysis - In Washington state, the tide might be turning on breaching Snake River dams

Nov 2, 2021 - Spokesman Review: ‘A giant step’ for salmon: As dam-breaching debate rages, Cantwell quietly secures billions for fish recovery

Oct 26, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune: Snake River dam litigation put on hold

Oct 26, 2021 - Spokesman Review: 20-year legal tug-of-war between federal managers on the Snake River and conservation and tribal interests may be put on hold until next summer

Oct 26, 2021 - Spokesman Review: ‘With open minds,’ Murray, Inslee detail process to consider breaching Snake River dams

Oct 22, 2021 - Seattle Times: Lawsuit over dams on hold as Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray pursue breaching assessment on Lower Snake River

Oct 21, 2021 - Time Magazine: Upstream Battle

Oct 18, 2021 - Seattle Times: Washington governor, senator want answers on how to replace benefits of Lower Snake River dams

Oct 15, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Inslee, Murray to ponder future without dams

Oct 15, 2021 - The Spokesman-Review: Inslee, Murray plan to release dam breaching assessment by next summer

Oct 8, 2021 - Spokesman Review: Poll finds most Washington voters support plan to breach Snake River dams

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