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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

April 20, 2022

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

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Four dams along the Lower Snake River are drawing protests for their impacts on salmon. By Zeina MohammedApril 19, 2022 CLIMATEWIRE | Thousands of students in the Pacific Northwest are fighting to protect salmon and steelhead by joining tribes and state… Read More
April 05, 2022

Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Officials seek change of course in wild salmon…

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Senior members of Biden administration, six Columbia Basin Tribes met last week for a ‘nation-to-nation’ talk on protected fish By Eric BarkerMarch 29, 2022 The Biden administration reiterated Monday its determination to change course on the decadeslong, $17… Read More
April 05, 2022

The Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Speak the truth about salmon

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Guest Opinion by Justin HayesApril 3, 2022 Wild salmon and steelhead from the Snake River and its tributaries are in trouble. That’s a fact. But if you have been listening to Washington Representatives Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and the… Read More
April 05, 2022

The News Tribune: Activists rally in Tacoma for Northwest salmon — next event…

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By News Tribune StaffMarch 27, 2022 Activists rallied Saturday in Tacoma on behalf of Northwest salmon runs, calling for removal of four dams on the lower Snake River, and seeking attention from state and federal elected officials. The “Stop Salmon Extinction… Read More
March 29, 2022

Blogpost from the Biden Administration: Columbia River Basin Fisheries: Working…

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March 28, 2022 The Columbia River and its tributaries are the life spring of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Basin was also once among the most productive aquatic ecosystems in the world with an estimated 7.5 to 16 million adult salmon and steelhead… Read More
March 22, 2022

Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March 2022)

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Wild Salmon & Steelhead News is published monthly by the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition. Read on to learn about the Columbia-Snake River Basin’s endangered wild salmon and steelhead, the many benefits they deliver to people and ecosystems, and the extinction… Read More

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

Oct 8, 2021 - Spokesman Review: Poll finds most Washington voters support plan to breach Snake River dams

Oct 2, 2021 - 'Steelhead Mean Business' newspaper ads highlight the plight of steelhead and impacts on businesses and communities

Oct 1, 2021 - CBB: With Few Snake River Sockeye Making It To Sawtooth Basin, Endangered Fish Hang On With Captive Breeding, Outplanting Adults Into Lakes

Sep 16, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: President Biden needs one voice to lead on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to save salmon

Sep 7, 2021 - Seattle Times: Lower Snake River irrigators propose two-dam drawdown, breaking with some farmers and bargers

Aug 26, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune: Steelhead numbers bad, again

Aug 23, 2021 - Everett Herald Guest Opinion: Murray, Inslee should back removal of Snake’s dams

Aug 17, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (August 2021)

Aug 17, 2021 - KIVI TV: Excessive heat makes it more difficult for sockeye salmon to return to Idaho

Aug 16, 2021 - East Oregonian: Guest Opinion - Working together, bold action can secure a thriving future for the Columbia Basin

Aug 12, 2021 - Katu TV: Conservation groups call for removal of Snake River dams, citing concerns for salmon

Aug 11, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: ‘More and more dire’: Idaho salmon advocates rally for Snake River dam breaching

Aug 11, 2021 - KHQ: Local wildlife advocates work to save endangered salmon populations

Jul 21, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (July 2021)

Jul 11, 2021 - Stand with the Tribes to restore Snake River salmon - July 15

Jul 9, 2021 - OPB: ‘The Very Essence Of Our Being’: Northwest Tribes (And Politicians) Gather To Discuss Future Of Salmon

Jul 9, 2021 - Seattle Times: Historic summit of tribes across Pacific Northwest presses dam removal on Inslee, Biden, Congress

Jul 8, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Tribes call for action on salmon, dams

Jul 6, 2021 - Full-page SOS Coalition ad in support of Tribal 'Salmon Orca Summit'

Jun 30, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - June 30, Issue 2.

Jun 29, 2021 - Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest heat wave sets up ‘grim’ migration for salmon on Columbia, Snake rivers

Jun 18, 2021 - Columbia Insight: Hydro-fade. Pac NW power production is in dramatic flux

Jun 16, 2021 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (June 2021)

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

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