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Save Our Wild Salmon

GiveBIG Blue 2022GiveBIG is this week - during May 3 and 4. Please make a generous gift to support our work at Save Our wild Salmon.

GiveBIG is an annual fundraising campaign started by the Seattle Foundation in 2011 and led today by 501 Commons.

SOS' top priority in 2022: Securing a commitment from Congress to restore a resilient, freely flowing lower Snake River by removing its four federal dams to protect its legendary fish from extinction. This represents one of our nation's best opportunities today to rebuild imperiled salmon populations, recover a rich ecosystem, and uphold our responsibilities to tribal communities and cultures.

With engaged political leadership regionally and nationally in 2022, we're in a moment of great urgency and opportunity.

Last year, Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee acknowledged the crisis facing Snake River fish and committed to develop a comprehensive plan by July 31 to protect and restore them. They've been working closely with Northwest tribes, stakeholders and other experts to identify how to replace the energy, irrigation, and transportation services currently provided by the dams. We expect a draft report to be released this month.

At this same time, talks are underway between the Nez Perce Tribe, State of Oregon, SOS member groups led by Earthjustice and the Biden Administration for the purpose of settling the long-running litigation and finally protecting and restoring endangered fish in the Snake and Columbia rivers. The deadline for these talks is also July 31. Just a couple of months from now.

In the face of this historic opportunity, SOS has recently expanded our team and our program work. We're mobilizing new people, engaging new partners - and supporting tribal leadership whenever we can. Rather than tell you about all of the good work we're doing, we want to show you. Take a look at this photo gallery to get a sense of our work to date in 2022 - and the work still ahead as we head into "the summer of decision for the Snake."

With your support, SOS will continue its work around the clock to build public support and hold accountable our political leaders to develop and begin to deliver a comprehensive plan this year that protects Snake River salmon and invests in Northwest communities.

Thank you for your advocacy and your help to make GiveBIG this year a big win for the Snake River, salmon and orcas - and for all of us.


Joseph and the SOS team
PS: GiveBIG donations can also be mailed via US Post: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, 811 First Ave., #305, Seattle, WA 98104. Thank you.
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