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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

June 23, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 23 June 2020

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CONTACTS:Bob Rees, recreational fishing guide. 503-812-9036 - brees@pacifier.comThomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater. 425-417-9012 - okeefe@americanwhitewater.orgJacob Schmidt, whitewater river guide. 928-830-8433 - jacob@wildsalmon.org Recreation business… Read More
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June 10, 2020

Clearwater Tribune: LTE - Time to Get Off the Bench

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June 10, 2020 Dear Editor: As business owners and fishing outfitters, we pride ourselves on being self-reliant. We work long days in tough weather, fix equipment on the fly, adapt to changing river conditions, and chase an animal we can’t even see. We do all… Read More
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June 09, 2020

Peninsula Daily News: Kilmer comments on Snake River dams

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By Peninsula Daily NewsFriday, June 5, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Derek Kilmer said any decision on the breaching of the Snake River dams should be guided by sound science and a “consensus-driven approach” among regional stakeholders. Kilmer’s office… Read More
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June 04, 2020

Peninsula Daily News: Port Angeles council co-signs Snake River dam letter

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Rob OllikainenJune 4, 2020 PORT ANGELES — After seeing the Elwha River respond to dam removal in its own backyard, the Port Angeles City Council has voted to support the removal of four dams on the lower Snake River. The vote Tuesday was 5-1 with one… Read More
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May 26, 2020

Public News Service: Sockeye Salmon: Canary in Coal Mine for Health of NW Rivers

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Eric TegethoffMay 26, 2020 BOISE, Idaho -- Sockeye salmon offspring are making their way from central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Many people in the Northwest see the 1,000-mile journey as miraculous. But the tiny smolt face a number of challenges and the… Read More

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

Oct 23, 2019 - E&E News: Energy Transitions - The new weapon in the war over dam removal: Economics

Oct 14, 2019 - For Immediate Release: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition statement regarding the Oct. 14 announcement from the Yakama and Lummi Nations

Oct 11, 2019 - Yale 360: On the Northwest’s Snake River, the Case for Dam Removal Grows

Oct 10, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Say these local businesses, It’s the dams or us

Oct 9, 2019 - KNKX: Orca task force adds 13 recommendations at final meeting as 'biological extinction' looms

Oct 7, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Salmon group still getting its sea legs, Members struggle to define scope of work

Oct 2, 2019 - The 2019 Nimiipuu River Rendezvous Review!

Sep 30, 2019 - You're Invited: 'Dammed to Extinction'

Sep 30, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Don’t make the choice; merely clarify it

Sep 30, 2019 - Seattle Times: Chasing a memory - In California, orcas and salmon have become so scarce people have forgotten what once was. Will the Northwest be next?

Sep 30, 2019 - CBB: Memo Offers Preliminary 2019 Juvenile Salmon/Steelhead Survival Estimates Through Columbia/Snake Dams; Sockeye Show Improvement

Sep 26, 2019 - High Country News: Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction

Sep 25, 2019 - Greenwire: Time running out for crusading biologist's war on dams

Sep 25, 2019 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Idaho F&G panel votes to close all steelhead fishing on area rivers

Sep 19, 2019 - CBB: Columbia/Snake Steelhead runs downgraded again, so far only 25 percent of average; Idaho considers closing fishing, other states would follow

Sep 16, 2019 - NY Times: How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’

Sep 16, 2019 - The Oregonian: Columbia River barge passage to be closed for over 2 more weeks, authorities say

Sep 11, 2019 - Daily Kos: As killer whales starve to death, public anger drives a shift in the political winds

Sep 11, 2019 - The Lens: Stakeholders to weigh in on Snake River dam removal

Sep 9, 2019 - Idaho Statesmen: Officials downgrade steelhead forecasts as fish return to Snake River in abysmal numbers

Sep 9, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Governor’s salmon work group is going backward

Sep 5, 2019 - KIVI TV: Sockeye returns extremely low, only 81 sockeye salmon have made it to Idaho

Sep 4, 2019 - Daily Kos: Endangered orcas' fate is tied to a series of dams 400 miles inland

Sep 4, 2019 - E&E News: Energy Transitions - Hydropower giant Bonneville Power is going broke

Sep 3, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 30th

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