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This September, orca, salmon, and river advocates joined with tribal members, fishermen, and farmers to advocate for salmon, orca, and a free-flowing Snake River our annual event (previously known as the Free the Snake Flotilla). Close to 200 people joined the Saturday paddle on the lower Snake River, and more than 300 people joined in other events and presentations over the course of the weekend! This year had more youth attendance (high school and college students) than ever before, giving us hope as we help inspire the next generation of wild salmon and river and justice advocates.
We would like to extend special thank you’s to our partnering organizations and sponsors: Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, Earthjustice, Friends of the Clearwater, Defenders of Wildlife, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, Earth Ministry, Palouse-Clearwater Trout Unlimited and Sierra Club. Also, many thanks to Spokane-based Roast House Coffee who kept the event caffeinated with delicious sustainable coffee. And a shout out to Spokane’s solar installation company Eco Depot who provided the safety pontoon boat, endless volunteer help and boundless energy and enthusiasm. Solar Saves Salmon!
Also, to every individual who volunteered to help on the water and at the campsite, THANK YOU. We greatly appreciate your work.
Here are a few links to some recent media coverage re: the urgent plight of salmon and steelhead in the Snake/Columbia rivers, Southern Resident orcas, and the many benefits they bring to the people of the Pacific Northwest.
TAKE ACTION: If you have not already done so - please contact your Governor and U.S. Senators. Ask them for their leadership working with other Northwesterners to craft a solution for salmon, orcas and communities that includes a restored lower Snake River!
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