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

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January 29, 2020

Moscow Pullman Daily News Guest Opinion: Idaho’s salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams

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By Jim JonesJanuary 26, 2020 Shortly after taking office as Idaho attorney general in January 1983, I took a crash course in the life-and-death struggles of Idaho’s anadromous fish. The U.S. Supreme Court set oral argument that March for a case filed years… Read More
January 05, 2020

Capitol Press Guest Opinion: Ag and Rural Caucus seeks Snake River mitigation

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By Don Schwerin Dec 30, 2019 The Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholders Engagement Report draft was released this week. Shorthand, it is the $750,000 study. It is the study that politicians in eastern Washington condemned as a waste of money and branded “sneaky”… Read More
October 11, 2019

Yale 360: On the Northwest’s Snake River, the Case for Dam Removal Grows

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As renewable energy becomes cheaper than hydropower and the presence of dams worsens the plight of salmon, pressure is mounting in the Pacific Northwest to take down four key dams on the lower Snake River that critics say have outlived their usefulness.… Read More
September 10, 2019

Chinook Observer: Editorial - Only smart, honest policies stand in the way of extinction

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September 2, 2019 Setting aside for the moment that 2019 coho returns are predicted to be healthy and Buoy 10 fishing was hot over the holiday weekend, this has been another of many troubling years for Columbia River salmonids. Last year, the total return to… Read More
September 09, 2019

Idaho Statesman: Governor’s salmon work group is going backward

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September 9, 2019 By Tom Stewart At an April conference, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, publicly committed to restoring Idaho salmon, and Gov. Brad Little announced a “salmon work group.” Little promised a new approach, saying with a smile, “I’m in favor of… Read More

Aug 19, 2019 - Union Bulletin: When it comes to salmon, orcas and Snake River, breach the status quo

Aug 19, 2019 - The Oregonian: In My Opinion - Why Bonneville can’t save salmon

Aug 14, 2019 - Idaho Mountain Express: Salmon work group is going backward

Jul 11, 2019 - Crosscut: Flush with cash, WA should invest in orcas now

Jun 27, 2019 - Washington State Wire: Washington’s path to clean energy can also save orca—and salmon they need to thrive

Jun 11, 2019 - Union Bulletin: With or without dams, we are in this together

Jun 4, 2019 - Seattle Times: Can Bonneville Power Administration be saved?    

May 14, 2019 - Crosscut: An Idaho Republican is asking the right questions about Northwest salmon 

May 2, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Editorial - Simpson is merely listening to his voters

Dec 23, 2018 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Time for BPA to act on dams

Dec 23, 2018 - Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Anger toward conservation groups over threatened steelhead lawsuit was misdirected

Dec 23, 2018 - Yakima-Herald Saturday soapbox: To help the orcas, and improve salmon runs, remove the dams

Dec 20, 2018 - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin:  Dam agreement to save fish worth a try

Nov 19, 2018 - Everett Herald Editorial: Solutions for saving our salmon and orcas

Sep 3, 2018 - TriCity Herald: Activist groups say give us our dammed Snake River back.

Sep 3, 2018 - TriCity Herald: Just in case the Snake River dams go away

Aug 28, 2018 - The Stranger: Giving up Chinook Is a Nice Idea but It Will Not Save the Orcas

Aug 28, 2018 - HCN Opinion: Orcas need more than sympathy and prayers

Jun 28, 2018 - Alison Morrow: What wildlife need from us—awareness 

Jun 25, 2018 - Crosscut: Why do we keep loving our orcas — to death?

Jun 19, 2018 - Lewiston Tribune: Will Idaho's lame duck governor extend his reach?

Jun 1, 2018 - Oregonian Guest Opinion: Trump's attack on salmon recovery is unconscionable

Jun 1, 2018 - Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee: Canada’s unneighborly pipeline deal threatens orcas and climate

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

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