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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

Sep 23, 2022 - Capital Press: Q&A: Simpson continues to push lower Snake River dam plan

Sep 20, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (Sept. 2022)

Sep 16, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 16 Issue 11.

Sep 16, 2022 - Biden Administration Commitments to Salmon Recovery Complement Murray/Inslee Initiative

Sep 8, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 8 Issue 10.

Sep 2, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - September 2 Issue 9.

Sep 1, 2022 - Sen. Murray & Gov. Inslee's historic decision: replace the services, remove the dams, restore salmon

Aug 31, 2022 - New York Times: Breaching Dams ‘Must Be an Option’ to Save Salmon, Washington Democrats Say

Aug 29, 2022 - AP News: Columbia River's Salmon Are at the Core of Ancient Religion

Aug 29, 2022 - KREM2: Inslee, Murray recommend taking action to make breaching Snake River dams a 'viable option'

Aug 26, 2022 - OPB: Benefits of Snake River dams must be replaced before breaching to save salmon, report says

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Murray and Inslee conclude breaching Snake River dams ‘not an option right now,’ while calling status quo unsustainable for salmon

Aug 26, 2022 - Seattle Times: Inslee, Murray say Snake River dam removal possible, but not yet

Aug 26, 2022 - Spokesman-Review: Snake River spring Chinook struggling like never before, feds decide against classifying them as ‘endangered’

Aug 26, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Yakama Nation Responds to Final Murray and Inslee Salmon Report

Aug 25, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SNAKE RIVER: Energy, fishing, conservation groups respond to Sen. Murray’s & Gov. Inslee’s presumptive plan for dam replacement

Aug 25, 2022 - Joseph Bogaard, SOS Executive Director statement regarding Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee's joint statement and recommendations for the lower Snake River dams.

Aug 18, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 18 Issue 8.

Aug 17, 2022 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Guest Opinion: Dugger ‘gas lights’ fish recovery and dam breaching

Aug 15, 2022 - The New York Times: Plaintiffs in Long Fight Over Endangered Salmon Hope a Resolution is near

Aug 11, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 10, Issue 7.

Aug 5, 2022 - Puget Sound Business Journal Guest Opinion: Fate of Northwest salmon could could hinge on investments

Aug 5, 2022 - OPB: Groups seek pause in long-running Columbia River Basin salmon dispute

Aug 5, 2022 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Salmon and dam talks get another year

Aug 4, 2022 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes the Biden Administration's commitment to developing durable solutions for salmon and communities

Aug 4, 2022 - OPB and ProPublica: How the BPA is contributing to salmon’s decline in the Northwest

Aug 4, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - August 3, Issue 6.

Aug 4, 2022 - For Immediate Release: Parties Ask Court to Extend Stay in Legal Fight for Endangered Snake River Salmon

Jul 28, 2022 - NWNews: Federal report recommends breaching Lower Snake River dams to restore salmon

Jul 25, 2022 - Everett Herald - Comment: Our grid can save salmon and a green energy future

Jul 25, 2022 - Columbian editorial: In Our View: Solutions not more studies to save salmon

Jul 18, 2022 - Lewiston Tribune Editorial: Where once there were carrots, now there are sticks

Jul 13, 2022 - 45 allied organizations join SOS comments re: Sen. Murray & Gov. Inslee's 'Draft LSR Report'

Jul 13, 2022 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: The future of the Lower Snake River Dams: Do the right thing for salmon, tribes and communities

Jul 12, 2022 - Seattle Times: White House weighs in on Lower Snake River dam breaching in unusual power play

Jun 30, 2022 - Photo Gallery: Hundreds 'Rally for Salmon' in Portland - 6/25/2022

Jun 28, 2022 - 'Urgency and Opportunity 2022' - Delivering Solutions for Snake River salmon and Northwest communities: A Resource Page

Jun 19, 2022 - Columbian Editorial -- In Our View: Snake River dams report leaves many questions

Jun 17, 2022 - Seattle Times Editorial: A herculean, worthwhile task before breaching Lower Snake River Dams

Jun 5, 2022 - Everett Herald Guest Opinion: Don’t fall for TV ads’ climate case for Snake dams

May 19, 2022 - Everett Herald - Viewpoints: Our cultural survival is tied to salmon’s survival

May 16, 2022 - Seattle Times: Indigenous carvers’ totem pole to journey across Pacific Northwest to bolster dam-removal movement

Apr 20, 2022 - You're invited: Stand with Tribal communities for the 'Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey' (May 2022)

Apr 20, 2022 - E&E News: Climate activists put bull's-eye on hydropower dams in Wash.

Apr 14, 2022 - Spokesman Review: Ben Stuckart - Dams that drive salmon to extinction are not ‘green’

Apr 5, 2022 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News: Officials seek change of course in wild salmon recovery

Apr 5, 2022 - The Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Speak the truth about salmon

Apr 5, 2022 - The News Tribune: Activists rally in Tacoma for Northwest salmon — next event is April 2 in Olympia

Mar 29, 2022 - Blogpost from the Biden Administration: Columbia River Basin Fisheries: Working Together to Develop a Path Forward

Mar 22, 2022 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (March 2022)

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

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