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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.

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Restoring the Lower Snake River Articles

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

Jun 7, 2021 - Oregon Business: The Salmon and the Snake

Jun 7, 2021 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee must keep their promise to save wild salmon

Jun 3, 2021 - Dam Removal Success Stories 2021: Fifth and Final in the Series - Restoring Sandy River

May 28, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune: Northwest tribes unite behind breaching concept

May 28, 2021 - Seattle Times: Northwest tribes unite over GOP congressman’s pitch to breach down Lower Snake River dams

May 24, 2021 - Idaho Mountain Express: Shoshone-Bannock Tribes mark milestone in sockeye recovery efforts at Pettit Lake

May 17, 2021 - SOS Blogpost: Finally! Washington State Democrats weigh in on Simpson proposal

May 15, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Simpson calls on his challengers to provide ‘alternatives’

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 - Seattle Times: Gov. Inslee, Washington state’s U.S. senators reject GOP congressman’s pitch on Lower Snake River dam removal

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

May 11, 2021 - Oregonian: Columbia River needs a solution that sustains all our communities - By Earl Blumenauer and Mike Simpson

May 11, 2021 - The Spokesman:The U.S. promised the Nez Perce fishing rights. But what if Snake River dams kill off the fish?

May 3, 2021 - Watch a recording of Reps. Simpson and Blumenauer discuss solutions for Northwest salmon and communities

May 3, 2021 - ABC News: Snake River among top 10 most endangered rivers in the US, conservation group says

May 2, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: Oregon Congressman joins Idaho’s Mike Simpson in promoting dam removal

May 1, 2021 - Capital Press: Commentary: Simpson dam proposal smart, strategic

May 1, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune: Water level raised in lower Snake River, fish advocates cry foul

May 1, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune: Tribe’s fish study is ‘a call to alarm’

Apr 29, 2021 - Dam Removal Success Stories 2021: Part four of a five-part series

Apr 19, 2021 - Newspaper ads highlight the urgent plight of orcas (April 2021)

Apr 16, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Columbia Basin tribes back Simpson plan

Apr 7, 2021 - The Columbian: Yakama Nation to Emhoff: Breach dams on Snake River

Apr 1, 2021 - Dam Removal Success Stories 2021: Part three of a five-part series

Mar 30, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: Idaho Republican, Oregon Democrat could be the key figures in dam-breaching debate

Mar 30, 2021 - E&E News: A Republican wants to breach dams. Where are Democrats?

Mar 22, 2021 - Portland Business Journal: Viewpoint: A way to end litigation around salmon and dams

Mar 22, 2021 - The Columbian: Editorial - In Our View: Snake River dams plan warrants consideration

Mar 18, 2021 - La Grande Observer: My Voice: A main stem vision for our upstream economy

Mar 15, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March 2021)

Mar 15, 2021 - Snake River Vision Project Launches Interactive Map Tool Imagining a Free-Flowing River

Mar 9, 2021 - 'Save Our wild Salmon' Spring Speaker Series: Hear from the experts and ask them questions

Mar 8, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest opinion: Create a future on the lower Snake River that works for everyone.

Mar 8, 2021 - LMT Opinion: Simpson’s plan can make all of us winners

Mar 3, 2021 - Spokesman Review: New website imagines the Snake River without dams

Mar 1, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune Guest Opinion: Troy and Schoesler rushed to judgment on Simpson’s fish plan

Mar 1, 2021 - Magic Valley Op-ed: Simpson: Hartgen wants to gamble for Idaho’s future – I want certainty

Feb 23, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (February 2021)

Feb 23, 2021 - LMT: Scientists say removing Snake River dams ‘is necessary’ to restore salmon population

Feb 22, 2021 - Peninsula Daily News: Snake River dams proposal draws accolades, criticism

Feb 22, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: The Last Salmon

Feb 16, 2021 - Star Tribune: Congressman hopes politics align on divisive Northwest dams

Feb 11, 2021 - 'Urgency and Opportunity' - Developing a comprehensive plan for Snake River salmon and Northwest communities - 2021: A Resource Page

Feb 8, 2021 - Congressman Simpson (R-ID) announces a groundbreaking proposal to restore Northwest salmon populations and invest in its communities and infrastructure

Feb 7, 2021 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: At long last, a workable plan to remove Lower Snake River dams and save Idaho’s salmon

Feb 7, 2021 - Seattle Times: GOP congressman pitches $34 billion plan to breach Lower Snake River dams in new vision for Northwest

Feb 6, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Rep. Simpson proposal calls for breaching four lower Snake River dams

Feb 6, 2021 - Tri-City Herald: This GOP congressman wants to remove 4 dams to save Idaho’s salmon. It’ll cost billions.

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

Feb 2, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Another poor chinook return expected

Feb 1, 2021 - Dam Removal Success Stories 2021: A five-part series

Jan 26, 2021 - Tri-City Herald: Treaty rights demand bold action to save salmon

Jan 21, 2021 - New York Times: Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

Jan 21, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (January 2021)

Jan 19, 2021 - Hatch Magazine: Scientists draft letter calling on governors to tear down the lower Snake River dams

Jan 19, 2021 - Spokane Public Radio: Report Lays Out Bleak Picture For Northwest Salmon 'Teetering On The Brink Of Extinction'

Dec 10, 2020 - Save Our wild Salmon’s Year-end Review 2020

Nov 30, 2020 - AP: Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov 29, 2020 - Seattle Times: Salmon People: A tribe’s decades-long fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams and restore a way of life

Nov 29, 2020 - What a Biden Administration might mean for Northwest salmon and orcas

Nov 2, 2020 - The Oregonian: Opinion: Northwest states’ action on Columbia Basin salmon offer a needed lifeline

Nov 2, 2020 - The American Legion: Maintain or Drain

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

Oct 14, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Northwest governors pledge to work with tribes, others for salmon recovery

Oct 6, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds formally adopt salmon, dams plan

Oct 6, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Research: Sockeye are in hot water

Oct 6, 2020 - AP: Advocates vow to continue efforts to remove Snake River dams

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

Sep 24, 2020 - Crosscut: Opinion - We lose more than salmon and orcas to the Snake River dams

Sep 15, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (September 2020)

Sep 3, 2020 - Bend Bulletin guest opinion: Let’s heal our rivers and restore salmon

Sep 3, 2020 - Register Guard guest opinion: A failure to save the salmon

Sep 3, 2020 - The Spokesman Review: Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat

Sep 3, 2020 - Magic Valley: As 9 salmon make it back to Pettit Lake, Sho-Ban Tribes play critical role to save sockeye

Sep 3, 2020 - OPB: Repairs on Snake River Dam slow wheat barges at peak of season

Sep 3, 2020 - East oregonian guest opinion: Collaboration with all stakeholders is the best path forward

Sep 3, 2020 - The Inlander: Nearly 30 years in, Save Our Wild Salmon continues its push to save Snake River fish

Aug 26, 2020 - The Columbian: Local View: Snake River dams too costly

Aug 18, 2020 - The Register Guard: River-dependent families need better solutions

Aug 14, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (August 2020)

Aug 13, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Another Major Dam Study Comes and Goes

Aug 12, 2020 - E&E News: Climate concerns preclude dam breaching — Trump admin

Aug 12, 2020 - Idaho Press: Sockeye salmon return to Redfish Lake, but numbers are still low

Aug 12, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Letter to the Editor - Seek leadership elsewhere

Aug 12, 2020 - The Everett Herald: Editorial - Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

Aug 5, 2020 - Seattle Times: Another Washington dam removal — and 37 more miles of salmon habitat restored

Jul 31, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: July 29 Letters to the Editor: Our Readers’ Opinions

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

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