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Restoring the Lower Snake River

Dam removal must be the cornerstone of any lawful Columbia Basin Salmon Plan

A lawful federal salmon plan must restore a freely flowing lower Snake River by removing its four costly dams and increase water releases or ‘spill’ over the dams that remain.

In 2016, a federal judge rejected the federal dam agencies’ latest plan for protecting Columbia-Snake River salmon. This is the fifth plan rejected now by three judges over two decades. Our government has spent $15B+ but has yet to recover a single population. It’s past time for a new approach. A lawful, science-based plan must include the removal of the four costly federal dams on the lower Snake River. We need a Northwest plan that works for the region’s ecology and its economy, for fishermen and farmers, for taxpayers and energy bill payers.



Restoring the Lower Snake River Articles

March 08, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Art exhibit celebrates wild salmon, benefits to the region

in Press Releases
Contact: Britt Freda, Northwest Artists Against Extinction, britt@nwaae.orgJoseph Bogaard, Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, 206-300-1003, joseph@wildsalmon.orgPeter Stanley, Kittredge Gallery Manager, University of Puget Sound, Elise… Read More
March 08, 2023

Chicago Sun-Times: Preserving wildlife and a way of life

in Opinion
Through an intersection of bipartisan interest and once-in-a-generation federal funding, we may finally have a chance to end the spiral toward extinction of salmon, orcas that feed on salmon and the cultures of tribal nations who consider the salmon their… Read More
February 21, 2023

Spokesman-Review: Gregg Servheen: Removing Lower Snake River Dams the only way…

in Opinion
Sat., Feb. 18, 2023By Gregg Servheen If Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead were as abundant as the words and money spent on them, its rivers would be full of these wild fish. In fact, Idaho’s high-quality climate buffering waters are all but empty. More words… Read More
February 13, 2023

Spokesman-Review: Overall run forecast calls for more fish than last year;…

in News
Sun., Feb. 5, 2023By Eric Barker The Lewiston Tribune LEWISTON – Spring chinook bound for the Snake River and other Columbia River tributaries upstream of Bonneville Dam will make another decent showing this year. But that is relative. Fisheries managers are… Read More

Feb 9, 2023 - Salmon deplete fat stores while stopped at dams, study shows

Jan 18, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (Jan. 2023)

Jan 9, 2023 - For Immediate Release: Bonneville Power Administration woefully underfunds the needs of endangered fish...

Jan 4, 2023 - High Country News: Can dam removal save the Snake River?

Dec 1, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Northwest Tribal leaders welcome Biden’s new commitments at Tribal Nations Summit

Nov 21, 2022 - The Way Forward for the Snake River and PNW salmon recovery

Nov 17, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (Nov. 2022)

Nov 14, 2022 - Spokesman Review: Helen Neville: The need to breach the Lower Snake River dams: A look at 2022 fish returns

Nov 1, 2022 - OPB: Hundreds of gallons of oil leak into Snake River from Little Goose Dam

Oct 17, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (Oct. 2022)

Oct 4, 2022 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Make salmon restoration a policy and budget priority

Oct 3, 2022 - OPB: Federal report recommends removing four Lower Snake River dams to protect salmon

Sep 26, 2022 - Seattle Times: Stop sacrificing Indigenous sacred sites in the name of climate change

Sep 26, 2022 - OPB: The racism, and resilience, behind today’s Pacific Northwest salmon crisis

Sep 23, 2022 - The Lewiston Tribune: Speaking up for salmon

Sep 23, 2022 - Capital Press: Q&A: Simpson continues to push lower Snake River dam plan

Sep 20, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (Sept. 2022)

Sep 16, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 16 Issue 11.

Sep 16, 2022 - Biden Administration Commitments to Salmon Recovery Complement Murray/Inslee Initiative

Sep 8, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 8 Issue 10.

Sep 2, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 2 Issue 9.

Sep 1, 2022 - Sen. Murray & Gov. Inslee's historic decision: replace the services, remove the dams, restore salmon

Aug 31, 2022 - New York Times: Breaching Dams ‘Must Be an Option’ to Save Salmon, Washington Democrats Say

Aug 29, 2022 - AP News: Columbia River's Salmon Are at the Core of Ancient Religion

Aug 29, 2022 - KREM2: Inslee, Murray recommend taking action to make breaching Snake River dams a 'viable option'

Aug 26, 2022 - OPB: Benefits of Snake River dams must be replaced before breaching to save salmon, report says

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Murray and Inslee conclude breaching Snake River dams ‘not an option right now,’ while calling status quo unsustainable for salmon

Aug 26, 2022 - Seattle Times: Inslee, Murray say Snake River dam removal possible, but not yet

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Snake River spring Chinook struggling like never before, feds decide against classifying them as ‘endangered’

Aug 26, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Yakama Nation Responds to Final Murray and Inslee Salmon Report

Aug 25, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SNAKE RIVER: Energy, fishing, conservation groups respond to Sen. Murray’s & Gov. Inslee’s presumptive plan for dam replacement

Aug 25, 2022 - Joseph Bogaard, SOS Executive Director statement regarding Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee's joint statement and recommendations for the lower Snake River dams.

Aug 18, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 18 Issue 8.

Aug 17, 2022 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Guest Opinion: Dugger ‘gas lights’ fish recovery and dam breaching

Aug 15, 2022 - The New York Times: Plaintiffs in Long Fight Over Endangered Salmon Hope a Resolution is near

Aug 11, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 10, Issue 7.

Aug 5, 2022 - Puget Sound Business Journal Guest Opinion: Fate of Northwest salmon could could hinge on investments

Aug 5, 2022 - OPB: Groups seek pause in long-running Columbia River Basin salmon dispute

Aug 5, 2022 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Salmon and dam talks get another year

Aug 4, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes the Biden Administration's commitment to developing durable solutions for salmon and communities

Aug 4, 2022 - OPB and ProPublica: How the BPA is contributing to salmon’s decline in the Northwest

Aug 4, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 3, Issue 6.

Aug 4, 2022 - For Immediate Release: Parties Ask Court to Extend Stay in Legal Fight for Endangered Snake River Salmon

Jul 28, 2022 - NWNews: Federal report recommends breaching Lower Snake River dams to restore salmon

Jul 25, 2022 - Everett Herald - Comment: Our grid can save salmon and a green energy future

Jul 25, 2022 - Columbian editorial: In Our View: Solutions not more studies to save salmon

Jul 18, 2022 - Lewiston Tribune Editorial: Where once there were carrots, now there are sticks

Jul 13, 2022 - 45 allied organizations join SOS comments re: Sen. Murray & Gov. Inslee's 'Draft LSR Report'

Jul 13, 2022 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: The future of the Lower Snake River Dams: Do the right thing for salmon, tribes and communities

Jul 12, 2022 - Seattle Times: White House weighs in on Lower Snake River dam breaching in unusual power play

Jun 30, 2022 - Photo Gallery: Hundreds 'Rally for Salmon' in Portland - 6/25/2022

Jun 28, 2022 - 'Urgency and Opportunity 2022' - Delivering Solutions for Snake River salmon and Northwest communities: A Resource Page

Jun 19, 2022 - Columbian Editorial -- In Our View: Snake River dams report leaves many questions

Jun 17, 2022 - Seattle Times Editorial: A herculean, worthwhile task before breaching Lower Snake River Dams

Jun 5, 2022 - Everett Herald Guest Opinion: Don’t fall for TV ads’ climate case for Snake dams

May 19, 2022 - Everett Herald - Viewpoints: Our cultural survival is tied to salmon’s survival

May 16, 2022 - Seattle Times: Indigenous carvers’ totem pole to journey across Pacific Northwest to bolster dam-removal movement

Apr 20, 2022 - You're invited: Stand with Tribal communities for the 'Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey' (May 2022)

Apr 20, 2022 - E&E News: Climate activists put bull's-eye on hydropower dams in Wash.

Apr 14, 2022 - Spokesman Review: Ben Stuckart - Dams that drive salmon to extinction are not ‘green’

Apr 5, 2022 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Officials seek change of course in wild salmon recovery

Apr 5, 2022 - The Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Speak the truth about salmon

Apr 5, 2022 - The News Tribune: Activists rally in Tacoma for Northwest salmon — next event is April 2 in Olympia

Mar 29, 2022 - Blogpost from the Biden Administration: Columbia River Basin Fisheries: Working Together to Develop a Path Forward

Mar 22, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March 2022)

Mar 22, 2022 - Portland Business Journal: Opinion: It's code red for Snake River salmon

Mar 17, 2022 - ACT TODAY: Sen. Murray/Gov. Inslee 'Snake River Salmon Initiative' Survey Resource Page

Mar 9, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 225+ Food Professionals’ send letter to Gov. Inslee and Sens. Murray and Cantwell

Mar 9, 2022 - NRDC: Saving Salmon—from One Generation of Fisherwomen to the Next

Jan 27, 2022 - Idaho Capital Sun: Idaho heart, Idaho Ark - The Middle Fork is our best chance to sustain salmon in an uncertain future

Jan 14, 2022 - The Lewiston Tribune: RIVER ROAD TRIP PART 2 -- THE JOHN DAY Fewer dams provided migrating fish a significant advantage

Dec 21, 2021 - Urgency & Opportunity: Our Year-end Review 2021 - and look ahead.

Dec 13, 2021 - The Lewiston Tribune: RIVER ROAD TRIP PART 1 -- THE ELWHA RIVER When dams fell, salmon returned

Dec 2, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: We don’t have time, but we do have leadership

Nov 12, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (November/December 2021)

Nov 2, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: Analysis - In Washington state, the tide might be turning on breaching Snake River dams

Nov 2, 2021 - Spokesman Review: ‘A giant step’ for salmon: As dam-breaching debate rages, Cantwell quietly secures billions for fish recovery

Nov 2, 2021 - Everett Herald: Removing Snake River dams could aid fish, economy

Oct 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

Oct 26, 2021 - Spokesman Review: ‘With open minds,’ Murray, Inslee detail process to consider breaching Snake River dams

Oct 22, 2021 - Press Release: Northwest groups respond to Sen. Murray’s and Gov. Inslee's salmon and Snake River action plan

Oct 22, 2021 - Seattle Times: Lawsuit over dams on hold as Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray pursue breaching assessment on Lower Snake River

Oct 22, 2021 - Press Release: Joint Statement from Senator Murray and Governor Inslee on Establishing a Joint Federal-State Process on Snake River Salmon Recovery

Oct 22, 2021 - Press Release: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Steps to Improve Conditions for Salmon in the Columbia River Basin

Oct 21, 2021 - Time Magazine: Upstream Battle

Oct 18, 2021 - Seattle Times: Washington governor, senator want answers on how to replace benefits of Lower Snake River dams

Oct 15, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Inslee, Murray to ponder future without dams

Oct 15, 2021 - The Spokesman-Review: Inslee, Murray plan to release dam breaching assessment by next summer

Oct 12, 2021 - For Immediate Release: CEQ Chair Brenda Mallory Holds Roundtable Discussion with Tribal Leaders at Yakama Nation (Oct. 4)

Oct 12, 2021 - The Oregonian: Opinion - Clean energy, wild salmon both critical for the future of the Columbia Basin

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