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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

September 03, 2020

Bend Bulletin guest opinion: Let’s heal our rivers and restore salmon

in Opinion
BY ALYSIA and ELKE LITTLELEAFAug 25, 2020 As owners of a fly-fishing guide service on the Deschutes River, we have the rare opportunity to interact with the river, her fish and landscapes nearly every day. As Indigenous people whose ancestors fished many of… Read More
September 03, 2020

The Spokesman Review: Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal…

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Dave NicholsAugust 24, 2020 The Columbia and Snake rivers have been providing sustenance throughout the northwest since man first inhabited the region – first directly via the salmon that swim through their waters, then through irrigation and power generated… Read More
September 03, 2020

Magic Valley: As 9 salmon make it back to Pettit Lake, Sho-Ban Tribes play…

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Rocky BarkerAug 29, 2020 SAWTOOTH NATIONAL FOREST — The return this month of nine endangered Snake River sockeye salmon that spawned in Pettit Lake in the Sawtooth Valley underscores the critical role the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have played in lifting the… Read More
September 03, 2020

OPB: Repairs on Snake River Dam slow wheat barges at peak of season

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By Anna KingAug. 31, 2020 A lot of freshly harvested wheat bound for Portland could stack up in the Columbia River and its tributaries soon because an old guy wire has snapped on the Snake River’s Lower Monumental Dam. The wire was helping to anchor a guide… Read More
September 03, 2020

The Inlander: Nearly 30 years in, Save Our Wild Salmon continues its push to…

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Samantha Wohlfeil August 27, 2020 By the time a coalition of anglers and conservationists came together in 1991 with the common goal of saving fish runs on the Snake River, there had already been a dramatic decline in many of the androgenous species that… Read More
August 18, 2020

The Register Guard: River-dependent families need better solutions

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August 17, 2020 The only news I hear about Columbia and Snake rivers’ salmon and steelhead this year is bad — it's too hot. Returns are at 20-year lows, and fishing seasons are shorter. The livelihoods of many McKenzie River guides depend on river systems… Read More

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.

Jul 30, 2020 - East Oregonian/Columbia Insight: Thermal hopscotch: How Columbia River salmon are adapting to climate change

Jul 29, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - July 29, Issue 3

Jul 24, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Outfitters, guides call out legislators on salmon recovery

Jul 23, 2020 - Post Register: Salmon work group closer to making recommendations

Jul 14, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (July 2020)

Jul 8, 2020 - Herald Net: A major fish barrier on the Pilchuck River is coming down

Jun 30, 2020 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Snake River dams in hot water

Jun 23, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 23 June 2020

Jun 16, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (June 2020)

Jun 10, 2020 - Clearwater Tribune: LTE - Time to Get Off the Bench

Jun 9, 2020 - Peninsula Daily News: Kilmer comments on Snake River dams

Jun 4, 2020 - Peninsula Daily News: Port Angeles council co-signs Snake River dam letter

Jun 1, 2020 - 'Save Our wild Salmon' June Speaker Series: Hear from the experts and ask them questions

May 26, 2020 - Seattle Times: Washington state aims to regulate water temperature at federal dams, wading into controversy

May 26, 2020 - Public News Service: Sockeye Salmon: Canary in Coal Mine for Health of NW Rivers

May 21, 2020 - Tri-Cities Business News: Guest Contributor: Let’s work to find a new path forward

May 21, 2020 - Oregonlive: Columbia, Snake river dam operators must make plan to keep waters cold enough for salmon survival

May 11, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (May 2020)

Apr 30, 2020 - GiveBIG 2020 - May 5th and 6th. Please help sustain our work at this critical time

Apr 21, 2020 - 2020 CRSO Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): An SOS Summary of the Public Comment Period (April 2020)

Apr 20, 2020 - Seattle Times: Electric utilities, conservation groups unite to seek solutions for Columbia River Basin dams

Apr 20, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Idaho fishing towns object to Columbia River study

Apr 20, 2020 - Another view on dam decisions: Support salmon and Native peoples

Apr 20, 2020 - Idaho State Journal: Setting the record straight on lower Snake River dams

Apr 20, 2020 - Idaho Press: Don't let politics drive salmon, steelhead into extinction

Mar 31, 2020 - Press Release: Washington State, Oregon Lawmakers Press Trump Administration to Extend Columbia River System Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period

Mar 29, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March-April 2020)

Mar 13, 2020 - An Update/Statement re: the Draft EIS, public comment process and coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - Speak up for salmon! The Draft EIS for Columbia and Snake River Salmon – A Resource Page

Mar 12, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Simpson offers critical remarks on river study

Mar 12, 2020 - Idaho Statesman op ed: These groups are setting differences aside to work on salmon solutions

Mar 12, 2020 - LMT: Groups want more time to comment on river plan

Mar 12, 2020 - E&E News: Spotlight turns to states as critics slam feds' salmon plan

Mar 6, 2020 - Indian Country Today: Nez Perce Tribe calls for leadership on lower Snake River restoration and accurate, complete, and transparent information on impacts of four lower Snake River Dams

Mar 1, 2020 - SOS Blog: The federal agencies' "new" Draft report - what just happened and what's next

Mar 1, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds - Snake River dams should stay

Feb 28, 2020 - East Oregonian: Letter: Sportfishers support Snake River dam removal

Feb 28, 2020 - E&E News: Pacific Northwest salmon review is Groundhog Day to greens

Feb 28, 2020 - For immediate release – Save Our wild Salmon Coalition statement regarding the Draft environmental impact statement

Feb 28, 2020 - AP/Seattle Times: Feds reject removal of 4 Snake River dams in key report

Feb 27, 2020 - Seattle Times: For the First Time in 20 Years, Feds Take a Deep Look at Hydroelectric Dam Removal on the Lower Snake River

Feb 27, 2020 - Idaho County Free Press: Guest Column: Rep. Simpson taking most comprehensive approach to bring salmon back

Feb 25, 2020 - For Immediate Release: Energy and conservation leaders call on elected officials to prioritize urgent Snake River issues

Feb 25, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Groups Call for Action on Fish

Feb 24, 2020 - East Oregonian: Oregon looks upstream to the lower Snake River

Feb 24, 2020 - Idaho Statesman: These groups disagree on salmon. Now, they’re calling on NW governors to collaborate

Feb 21, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Report: Idahoans split on breaching the four lower Snake River dams

Feb 21, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Anemic Chinook return predicted

Feb 21, 2020 - Spokesman Review: Free-flowing vision: Q&A with wild salmon advocate Sam Mace

Feb 21, 2020 - Idaho Statesman: Oregon gov: Snake River dam removal critical to save salmon. Republicans say that’s too extreme

Feb 21, 2020 - CBB: Oregon Governor Expresses Support For Lower Snake Dam Removal; Must Mitigate ‘Potential Harm To Vital Sectors’

Feb 21, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Fish School: Part 5

Jan 29, 2020 - Seattle Times: Another southern resident orca feared dead

Jan 29, 2020 - Moscow Pullman Daily News Guest Opinion: Idaho’s salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams

Jan 29, 2020 - National Public Radio: Northwest Salmon In Peril, And Efforts To Save Them Scale Up

Jan 29, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Fish school - Part I

Jan 29, 2020 - KEPRTV: Experts meet for public panel on Snake River dams

Jan 29, 2020 - Oregon Public Broadcasting: Dams vs. Salmon

Jan 29, 2020 - Courthouse News: Four Washington Dams Again on Chopping Block

Jan 19, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Discussion on dams draws crowd

Jan 5, 2020 - Capitol Press Guest Opinion: Ag and Rural Caucus seeks Snake River mitigation

Jan 5, 2020 - Daily Astorian Guest Column: Fishermen and farmers need solutions

Dec 23, 2019 - Public News Service: Gov. Inslee Report Weighs Future of Snake River

Dec 23, 2019 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Energy, salmon, economy: Accord on Snake River dams possible

Dec 23, 2019 - Get Involved! Washington State's 'Lower Snake River Stakeholder Process' - A Resource Page

Dec 23, 2019 - Lewiston Tribune: Study unveils views on Snake River dams

Dec 9, 2019 - Lower Snake River Stakeholder Process: Online Questionnaire

Dec 9, 2019 - Capital Press: Environmentalist calls for discussions on Snake River dams

Dec 7, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Outfitters discuss grim outlook

Nov 22, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: 2 Idaho rivers remain open for steelhead fishing. Guides say closure causes confusion

Nov 21, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Removing lower Snake River dams is best chance for salmon, steelhead recovery

Nov 17, 2019 - Tri-City Herald: Republicans, outraged by no dam-breaching session in Tri-Cities, get their way

Nov 17, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Low steelhead numbers prompt review

Oct 30, 2019 - Post Register: Fish woes debated by Salmon panelists

Oct 30, 2019 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - October/November 2019

Oct 28, 2019 - NBC News: Salmon shortage threatens food chain in Pacific NW

Oct 25, 2019 - Q13 Fox: Scientists warn of salmon extinction if Snake River dams stay

Oct 25, 2019 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: EPA Releases Draft Columbia River Cold Water Refuge Plan; 12 Tributaries Tagged For Protection; Scientists’ Letter Says Lower Snake Dam Breaching Needed To Reduce Temps For Fish

Oct 25, 2019 - Spokane Favs: Event seeks to create a better future for lower Snake River

Oct 23, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Scientists assert only breaching can cool Northwest waterways

Oct 23, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Scientists assert only breaching can cool Northwest waterways

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