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Save Our Wild Salmon

Explore this page for press releases, media advisories, and other important updates from Save Our wild Salmon and our allies.

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March 29, 2022

Blogpost from the Biden Administration: Columbia River Basin Fisheries: Working Together to Develop a Path Forward

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March 28, 2022 The Columbia River and its tributaries are the life spring of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Basin was also once among the most productive aquatic ecosystems in the world with an estimated 7.5 to 16 million adult salmon and steelhead… Read More
March 09, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 225+ Food Professionals’ send letter to Gov. Inslee and Sens. Murray and Cantwell

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March 9, 2022 CONTACTS: Kristi Brown, Chef/Co-Owner, Communion, Renee Erickson, Chef/Co-Owner, Sea Creature Restaurants, 206-369-0719, Robin Leventhal, Chef/Instructor, Wine Country Culinary Institute,… Read More
October 26, 2021

Murray, Cantwell Joint Statement on Biden Administration Announcement of an Interim Agreement and Request for Stay of Litigation in Columbia River Basin Case

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Oct 21 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following joint statement regarding the Biden Administration announcement of an interim agreement and request for a stay of the ongoing Federal Columbia… Read More
October 26, 2021

Wyden-Merkley statement on Senator Murray and Governor Inslee establishing a joint federal-state process on Snake River salmon recovery

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October 22, 2021 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announcing a joint federal-state process on salmon recovery… Read More
October 26, 2021

Press Release: Nez Perce Tribe Joins Stay of Litigation with State of Oregon, Conservation Groups and United States to Discuss Comprehensive Litigation Solutions

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October 21, 2021 Lapwai, Idaho — Today the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) joined the State of Oregon and conservation and fishing group plaintiffs, together with the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Agencies, in asking the Oregon Federal District Court to stay… Read More
October 22, 2021

Press Release: Northwest groups respond to Sen. Murray’s and Gov. Inslee's salmon and Snake River action plan

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October 22, 2021

Press Release: Joint Statement from Senator Murray and Governor Inslee on Establishing a Joint Federal-State Process on Snake River Salmon Recovery

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Oct 22 2021 (Seattle, WA) – Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Washington state Governor Jay Inslee issued the following joint statement on next steps for a joint federal-state process on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific… Read More
October 22, 2021

Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Steps to Improve Conditions for Salmon in the Columbia River Basin

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October 21, 2021 WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today announced an important step to chart a path forward in a longstanding Columbia River Basin conflict regarding the operation of 14 federal dams and their impacts on the region's salmon and… Read More
October 21, 2021

Press Release: Conservation & Fishing Groups Agree to Pause Litigation, Discuss Long-Term, Comprehensive Solution to Aid Struggling Salmon

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2021 Media Contact Maggie Caldwell, Earthjustice,, (347) 527-6397 Todd True, Earthjustice,, (206) 406-5124 Snake River: Conservation & Fishing Groups Agree to Pause… Read More
October 12, 2021

For Immediate Release: CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory Holds Roundtable Discussion with Tribal Leaders at Yakama Nation (Oct. 4)

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EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTCOUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITYWASHINGTON, D.C. 20503 Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2021 CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory Holds Roundtable Discussion with Tribal Leaders at Yakama Nation (WA) Today,… Read More

Jul 19, 2021 - Press Release: With Snake River Salmon Facing Deadly Heatwave, Conservation & Fishing Groups Seek More Spill from Dams to Aid Fish

Jun 30, 2021 - For Immediate Release: Conservationists Urge the Biden Administration to Reinvigorate Columbia River Treaty Negotiations

Jun 16, 2021 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 81 Chefs and Restaurant Industry Leaders Urge WA Policymakers to Support Salmon, Infrastructure Investments

May 15, 2021 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - From the Nez Perce Tribe

May 14, 2021 - For Immediate Release: SOS Statement re: joint statement from Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee

May 14, 2021 - Joint press statement from Senator Murray and Governor Inslee (May 14)

Feb 6, 2021 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement re: Rep. Simpson's proposal for salmon and communities

Oct 23, 2020 - EARTHJUSTICE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Fishing, Conservation Groups Take Step to Renew Legal Challenge

Sep 28, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Statement re: Federal Agencies formally adopt flawed FEIS and 2020 BiOp

Jul 30, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RE: 2020 Columbia-Snake salmon Federal Salmon Strategy - July 30, 2020.

Jun 23, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 23 June 2020

Jun 3, 2020 - Statement on the protests against police violence, inequality and injustice

Mar 31, 2020 - Press Release: Washington State, Oregon Lawmakers Press Trump Administration to Extend Columbia River System Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period

Feb 28, 2020 - For immediate release – Save Our wild Salmon Coalition statement regarding the Draft environmental impact statement

Feb 25, 2020 - For Immediate Release: Energy and conservation leaders call on elected officials to prioritize urgent Snake River issues

Oct 14, 2019 - For Immediate Release: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition statement regarding the Oct. 14 announcement from the Yakama and Lummi Nations

Apr 28, 2019 - For Immediate Release: Legislature Funds Key Orca Task Force Recommendation to address community needs

Dec 20, 2018 - For Immediate Release: States, Agencies, Nez Perce Tribe Agree to Stop-Gap Measure to Aid Struggling Salmon Populations

Nov 16, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Orca Recovery Task Force calls for urgent action to increase Columbia-Snake river chinook salmon populations, among its recommendations for Governor Inslee to protect critically endangered orcas from extinction.

Sep 11, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Press Statement re: Congressional Report language re: salmon included as part of the Energy and Water Resources Appropriations Bill

Sep 7, 2018 - You're invited! 2018 Flotilla to 'Free the Snake' - Sept. 7/8 in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

Sep 6, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Representative Newhouse hosts Congressional Field Hearings in Pasco, Washington spotlighting endangered wild salmon populations and the federal system of dams

Sep 6, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Statement from Joseph Bogaard re: 'Free the Snake!' Flotilla and RiverFest events

Sep 4, 2018 - PRESS ADVISORY: 4th Annual "Free the Snake! Flotilla" to feature nationally-recognized indigenous advocate Winona LaDuke and award-winning musician Nahko

Aug 27, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orca Salmon Alliance distributes ribbons urging unity and #BoldActionNow; creates wreath honoring J35 and her daughter.

Aug 6, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Orca Salmon Alliance delivers 43,000+ public comments to Governor Inslee and the Southern Resident Recovery Task Force

Aug 6, 2018 - For Immediate Release: SOS Statement on the Southern Resident orcas, Orca Task Force and Governor Inslee

Jul 23, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 20

Jul 16, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 13

Jul 9, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 5

Jun 21, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - June 28


Apr 13, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Blumenauer Statement on Legislation to Undermine Columbia River Salmon Recovery

Apr 3, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Press Statement - Salmon Extinction or Restoration? Putting the Lower Snake River Dam Power Replacement Study in context

Apr 2, 2018 - For immediate release: Appeals Court Affirms Order Requiring More Water Be Spilled Over Dams to Help Salmon Survive

Mar 29, 2018 - For Immediate Release: 

Washington Voters Value Wild Salmon Over Lower Snake River Dams

Mar 15, 2018 - Loaves and Fishes: Moscow

Feb 16, 2018 - Loaves and Fishes - Spokane - March 4, 2018

Jan 30, 2018 - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Expresses "Deep Concern" Over HR 3144

Jan 12, 2018 - A Tale of Two Rivers - at the Cracker Building in Spokane - Thursday, January 25

Jan 8, 2018 - For Immediate Release: U.S. District Court approves joint federal-state proposal for 2018 spill plan

Dec 19, 2017 - A Tale of Two Rivers - at the Burke Museum in Seattle - Wednesday, January 24

Dec 11, 2017 - For Immediate Release: Conservation, fishing and faith groups applaud announcement that negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty will begin in 2018 (Dec. 11, 2017)

Dec 10, 2017 - For immediate release: U.S. - Canada talks to modernize the treaty will begin in early 2018

Dec 5, 2017 - December 5, 2017: Governor Inslee issues statement opposing harmful HR 3144

Nov 2, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Twenty-five conservation organizations and business associations call on Governor Inslee to act quickly to help salmon and orca

Sep 11, 2017 - 2017 Free the Snake Flotilla Photo Gallery

Aug 30, 2017 - Press Advisory: 3rd Annual Free the Snake Flotilla: Boaters Call for Dam Removal to Save Wild Steelhead, Salmon


Aug 16, 2017 - For Immediate Release: Scientists send letter to policymakers affirming the benefits of “spill” over Columbia Basin dams – to help for endangered wild salmon and steelhead

Aug 9, 2017 - For Immediate Release: 70 sportfishing and outdoor recreational businesses send Governor Kate Brown letter of appreciation

Jul 31, 2017 - For Immediate Release: Sawyer Oars, Artists & Save Our Wild Salmon join forces in a new alliance

Jul 6, 2017 - For Immediate Release: The Columbia River Basin Holds Immense Natural Capital Value

Jun 30, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NW business and conservation leaders oppose bill to overturn 2016 federal court decision and push imperiled salmon closer to extinction.

Jun 22, 2017 - News Release – Northwest, British Columbia need to stand together to modernize the Columbia River Treaty

May 18, 2017 - ORECA's alert targeting Governor Brown doesn’t tell the full story.

May 17, 2017 - For Immediate Release: 31 Groups Send Letter to WA and OR members of Congress re: Columbia Basin salmon recovery

Mar 27, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Court Grants Increased 'Spill' to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon

Mar 7, 2017 - Media Advisory
: Court Hearing in Portland on Columbia/Snake Salmon - 3.9.2017

Feb 12, 2017 - Columbia/Snake Salmon NEPA Analysis Public Scoping Comment Period: A Summary

Feb 12, 2017 - 400,000 citizens submit comments calling for removal of the lower Snake River dams

Feb 1, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: More than 250,000 Urge Feds to Do More to Save Salmon

Jan 9, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Advocates Ask Court to Safeguard Salmon Ahead of Federal Planning Process

Dec 21, 2016 - For Immediate Release: New Report Highlights 10 Wildlife Conservation Priorities for the Trump Administration

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

Sep 30, 2016 - For Immediate Release: Feds Announce Hearings for Public to Weigh in on Lower Snake River Dam Removal

Aug 30, 2016 - For Immediate Release: 33 organizations ask federal agencies to commence NEPA public comment period after Jan. 1, 2017

Aug 16, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.16.2016)

Aug 9, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.9.2016)

Aug 2, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.2.2016)

Jul 26, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.26.2016)

Jul 6, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.6.2016)

Jun 30, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016

Jun 21, 2016 - May 4, 2016 U.S. District Court Ruling: Background and Links

Jun 9, 2016 - Recent Economic Analyses of the Lower Snake River Dams

May 4, 2016 - For Immediate Release: U.S. District Court sides with wild salmon and communities

Feb 9, 2016 - For Immediate Release: Conservation, fishing and faith communities call for U.S and Canadian government collaboration as essential to modernize the Columbia River Treaty

Nov 5, 2015 - For Immediate Release: Two reports: lower Snake dams failing to pay their way

Oct 28, 2015 - Scientists to Administrator Will Stelle: NOAA must act on climate change and salmon

Oct 22, 2015 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Letter challenges Army Corps of Engineers recent statements on the costs and benefits of the lower Snake River dams.

Jun 30, 2015 - Free The Snake: Patagonia’s new short film highlights lower Snake dam removal

Jun 23, 2015 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Today's Federal Court Hearing on Salmon

Jun 9, 2015 - For Immediate Release: Columbia River Treaty: State Department to include Ecosystem Function in negotiating position

Jun 9, 2015 - For Immediate Release: NOAA’s new plan for Snake River Sockeye falls short

Jan 12, 2015 - For Immediate Release: Court declines injunction request to prevent lower Snake dredging this winter; legal challenge moves forward

Nov 24, 2014 - Press release: Fishing, conservation groups challenge Corps' costly dredging of lower Snake River

Sep 23, 2014 - Press Release: Corps dredging plan evades high taxpayer costs and harm to salmon

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

Jun 17, 2014 - For immediate release: Federal agencies squander chance for progress on Northwest salmon

Jan 17, 2014 - Press Release: Feds squander chance for progress on salmon

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