Mobilizing for Snake River salmon, orcas and Northwest communities -
Washington State’s U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell need to hear from you today!
Snake River salmon and Southern Resident orcas and Northwest communities need their urgent leadership. With your help this fall, SOS and its partners and allies will deliver a strong clear message that Washingtonians strongly support the senators leadership to restore the lower Snake River, recover its endangered salmon and steelhead and rebuild the many benefits they bring to Northwest ecosystems, cultures and communities.
We urgently need solutions that:
Ask Senators Murray and Cantwell to develop and deliver a comprehensive solution that restores Snake River salmon, helps feed endangered orcas, and invests in our communities!
Here’s how you can help:
SEND them an email – WRITE them a personal letter – CALL their office.
1) SEND Sen. Murray an email message using SOS' email system.
3) SEND a message via Sen. Murray's website portal here.
1) SEND Sen. Cantwell an email message using SOS' alert system.
2) MAIL a personalized letter to her office:
Read on for background information, suggested message points, links to media and further information, and people to contact to get more involved.
The federal government’s latest plan was released this summer. It is disappointing but not surprising. It offers only modest tweaks on a status quo approach and ignores calls from federal judges in the 1990s for “a major overhaul”.
Now is the time for people and policymakers in Washington State to lead, to come together and develop solutions that recover endangered salmon and invest in our communities. A successful plan must include restoring the lower Snake River, upholding our obligations to Native American Tribes, and investing in our region’s communities and its energy system. We need bold action and we need this opportunity to invest in a better future for the salmon, orca and people of the Northwest.
II. SUGGESTED MESSAGE POINTS TO DELIVER TO SENS. MURRAY AND CANTWELL - Pick and choose as suits you. Personalize your messages to increase your impact. ***Be sure to include your city - where you live in Washington:
- Time is short! Your leadership and action is urgently needed. All four populations of Snake River salmon and steelhead face extinction today and along with all the benefits salmon deliver to Northwest communities, cultures and ecosystems.
- Southern resident orcas are starving due to lack of chinook salmon in our coastal waters. Just 73 whales survive today. They need many more salmon – quickly – or we could lose them forever.
- Restoring the lower Snake River is one of our nation’s greatest salmon and river restoration opportunities. Scientists predict runs of more than one million spring chinook annually if we restore this river. Orcas desperately need more spring chinook as they are available in winter months when few other stocks are.
- Your leadership is urgently needed today. The federal government’s efforts to protect salmon from the federal dams has failed salmon and people; has been rejected six times by the courts; has been costly - $18B – and woefully inadequate.
- We need your help to bring people together to develop a comprehensive plan or solution that (1) restores endangered salmon and helps starving orcas, (2) upholds our nation’s responsibilities to Native American Tribes, and (3) invests in our communities and the region’s energy system.
- Restoring the lower Snake River must be a cornerstone of any effective plan to recover salmon abundance in the Columbia-Snake Basin and meet the needs of Northwest Tribal and fishing communities.
- Hot waters in the Snake River reservoirs in summer months are killing our salmon as they migrate out to the ocean or return to their natal spawning grounds. Restoring the lower Snake River is our best – and likely only – way to cool the river and recover our salmon.
Add your own words, feelings and ideas. You can personalize your message by adding your own words too – Why are salmon important to you? What is your connection to them? Why is it important to you to restore the Snake River and its salmon?
The Everett Herald:Editorial - Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over…
The Columbian: Local View: Snake River dams too costly
Peninsula Daily News: Kilmer comments on Snake River dams
Lewiston Tribune: Simpson offers critical remarks on river study
Lewiston Morning Tribune: Federal plan keeps lower Snake River dams; legal challenges expected to follow
IV. FOR QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND TO GET MORE INVOLVED:
Contact Carrie Herrman – email@example.com // 515-230-9003