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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

November 02, 2021

Spokesman Review: ‘A giant step’ for salmon: As dam-breaching debate rages,…

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By Orion Donovan-SmithOctober 31, 2021 WASHINGTON – While the attention of Northwest salmon advocates has been focused on a renewed debate over the fate of the Lower Snake River dams, a Washington Democrat has quietly worked to secure an unprecedented… Read More
November 02, 2021

Everett Herald: Removing Snake River dams could aid fish, economy

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Resumed talks may bring a final answer to assessing the balance of what the dams provide and cost. By The Herald Editorial BoardOctober 31, 2021 Even after the “final” determination in 2020 by three federal agencies that removing four hydroelectric dams in… Read More
October 26, 2021

Murray, Cantwell Joint Statement on Biden Administration Announcement of an…

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Oct 21 2021 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following joint statement regarding the Biden Administration announcement of an interim agreement and request for a stay of the ongoing Federal Columbia… Read More
October 26, 2021

Spokesman Review: ‘With open minds,’ Murray, Inslee detail process to consider…

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By Orion Donovan-Smith and Eli FrancovichOct. 22, 2021 WASHINGTON – Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday announced they will lead a regional process to consider “all options” to restore declining salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River… Read More
October 22, 2021

Press Release: Northwest groups respond to Sen. Murray’s and Gov. Inslee's…

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Oct. 22, 2021 COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPERNW ENERGY COALITIONAMERICAN RIVERSWASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL AND WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERSIDAHO CONSERVATION LEAGUETROUT UNLIMITEDSIERRA CLUBSAVE OUR WILD SALMONENVIRONMENT WASHINGTONNRDCENDANGERED SPECIES… Read More
October 22, 2021

Seattle Times: Lawsuit over dams on hold as Gov. Inslee, Sen. Murray pursue…

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By Lynda V MapesOct. 22, 2021 Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Gov. Jay Inslee are setting the wheels in motion to begin a regionwide assessment of dam breaching on the Lower Snake River. “We approach this question with open minds and without a predetermined… Read More

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

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

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