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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

March 01, 2021

Lewiston Tribune Guest Opinion: Troy and Schoesler rushed to judgment on…

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By Don ChapmanFeb 27, 2020 Idaho Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy and Washington Sen. Mark Schoesler, I read your co-authored article in the Feb. 18 Lewiston Tribune, which opposed Rep. Mike Simpson’s dam-breaching plan. I am quite disturbed with the eagerness of… Read More
February 22, 2021

Peninsula Daily News: Snake River dams proposal draws accolades, criticism

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By Diane Urbani de la PazFebruary 21, 2021 It’s a “pinch me, this is real” moment, said Amy Grondin. July through September, the Port Townsend resident fishes for salmon in the waters off Washington and Alaska. This time of year, she’s an activist for… Read More
February 22, 2021

Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: The Last Salmon

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By W. Ron Allen and McCoy OatmanFeb. 21, 2021 If the people of the Northwest are not careful, the region could see something our ancestors would have thought inconceivable: the Snake River’s last salmon. The Great Spirit made the waters here to teem with… Read More
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February 11, 2021

'Northwest in Transition' / Columbia Basin Fund: A Resource Page

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On February 7th, 2021 Congressman Simpson (R-ID) proposed an expansive legislative framework to restore endangered salmon populations in the Northwest and invest significantly in its communities and infrastructure. This visionary initiative would couple lower… Read More
February 07, 2021

Idaho Statesman Editorial: At long last, a workable plan to remove Lower Snake…

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February 7, 2021 Finally. After more than two decades of debate, a litany of studies that always seemed to come to the same conclusion, $17 billion in marginally successful mitigation efforts and still a declining population of salmon in Idaho, we have a new… Read More

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

Nov 30, 2020 - AP: Unique Idaho salmon numbers rise, but extinction looms

Nov 29, 2020 - Seattle Times: Salmon People: A tribe’s decades-long fight to take down the Lower Snake River dams and restore a way of life

Nov 29, 2020 - What a Biden Administration might mean for Northwest salmon and orcas

Nov 2, 2020 - The Oregonian: Opinion: Northwest states’ action on Columbia Basin salmon offer a needed lifeline

Nov 2, 2020 - The American Legion: Maintain or Drain

Oct 23, 2020 - EARTHJUSTICE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Fishing, Conservation Groups Take Step to Renew Legal Challenge

Oct 14, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Northwest governors pledge to work with tribes, others for salmon recovery

Oct 6, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Feds formally adopt salmon, dams plan

Oct 6, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Research: Sockeye are in hot water

Oct 6, 2020 - AP: Advocates vow to continue efforts to remove Snake River dams

Sep 28, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Statement re: Federal Agencies formally adopt flawed FEIS and 2020 BiOp

Sep 24, 2020 - Crosscut: Opinion - We lose more than salmon and orcas to the Snake River dams

Sep 15, 2020 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (September 2020)

Sep 3, 2020 - Bend Bulletin guest opinion: Let’s heal our rivers and restore salmon

Sep 3, 2020 - Register Guard guest opinion: A failure to save the salmon

Sep 3, 2020 - The Spokesman Review: Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat

Sep 3, 2020 - Magic Valley: As 9 salmon make it back to Pettit Lake, Sho-Ban Tribes play critical role to save sockeye

Sep 3, 2020 - OPB: Repairs on Snake River Dam slow wheat barges at peak of season

Sep 3, 2020 - East oregonian guest opinion: Collaboration with all stakeholders is the best path forward

Sep 3, 2020 - The Inlander: Nearly 30 years in, Save Our Wild Salmon continues its push to save Snake River fish

Aug 26, 2020 - The Columbian: Local View: Snake River dams too costly

Aug 18, 2020 - The Register Guard: River-dependent families need better solutions

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

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