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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

January 05, 2020

Capitol Press Guest Opinion: Ag and Rural Caucus seeks Snake River mitigation

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By Don Schwerin Dec 30, 2019 The Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholders Engagement Report draft was released this week. Shorthand, it is the $750,000 study. It is the study that politicians in eastern Washington condemned as a waste of money and branded “sneaky”… Read More
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December 23, 2019

Public News Service: Gov. Inslee Report Weighs Future of Snake River

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Eric Tegethoff December 20, 2019 SEATTLE - A report on the future of the Snake River in southeast Washington comes out today. Listen to the radio story here. The Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder draft report relies on perspectives from more than 100… Read More
December 09, 2019

Capital Press: Environmentalist calls for discussions on Snake River dams

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By MATTHEW WEAVER December 4, 2019 Stakeholders need to begin talking about the possible impacts to Northwest communities if four dams on the Snake River are removed, says the leader of a group that advocates their removal. “I don’t see any reason why we… Read More
December 07, 2019

Lewiston Morning Tribune: Outfitters discuss grim outlook

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By Eric Barker of the Tribune Dec 4, 2019 Clearwater River steelhead outfitter Jeff Jarrett summed up the state of Idaho’s famed B-run of steelhead in blunt language at a forum discussion Tuesday. “Life sucks; there isn’t much going on,” he said. “I’ve been… Read More

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

Aug 29, 2019 - CBB: With steelhead forecasted return dropping 27 percent, states extend ban on retention in lower mainstem Columbia River

Aug 29, 2019 - CBB: Who sets water temperature standards for Columbia/Snake Rivers? Arguments heard in ninth circuit

Aug 29, 2019 - KNKX: Lummi Nation mourns lost Southern Resident orcas, renames those remaining

Aug 28, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 23rd

Aug 28, 2019 - The Oregonian: We need a new vision for salmon—and the region

Aug 28, 2019 - First sockeye from Idaho hatchery comes home ⁠— $14M, 6 years and hundreds of thousands of smolts later

Aug 26, 2019 - Action Alert - Contact Washington State leaders today - "Salmon and orca need help today!"

Aug 25, 2019 - The Lens: New Analysis on Snake River Dams

Aug 25, 2019 - The Coeur d’Alene Press: Steelhead counts lower than average in Snake River

Aug 19, 2019 - Union Bulletin: When it comes to salmon, orcas and Snake River, breach the status quo

Aug 19, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 16th

Aug 19, 2019 - The Oregonian: In My Opinion - Why Bonneville can’t save salmon

Aug 18, 2019 - KNKX: 'Hot Water Reports' use government's own data to highlight unsafe conditions for fish

Aug 15, 2019 - Seattle Times: Both orca babies are alive, and all 3 southern resident pods have been spotted in Canadian waters

Aug 15, 2019 - CBB: States Take Steps To Protect ESA-Listed Snake River Steelhead; Deschutes Fishing Closure (Cold Water Refuge), Rolling Closures Up The Columbia

Aug 15, 2019 - CBB: Oregon Study Shows How Increasing Abundance Of ESA-Listed Salmon Can Translate Into A Dollar Value, Deliver Economic Benefits

Aug 15, 2019 - KOMO News: A million salmon could be restored by removing Snake River dams

Aug 14, 2019 - Idaho Mountain Express: Salmon work group is going backward

Aug 13, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 9th

Aug 13, 2019 - Crosscut: A new film argues Lower Snake dams make life worse for salmon, orcas and everyone in the PNW

Aug 12, 2019 - Tri-City Herald: Up to 300 gallons of oil may have spilled into the Snake River from a leaking dam turbine

Aug 12, 2019 - CBB: Upriver Steelhead Forecasts Down, B-Run 24 Percent Of Average; Idaho Considers Extending Fall Chinook Fishing Areas In Clearwater

Aug 12, 2019 - CBB: Snake River Sockeye Run Lowest In More Than A Decade, Currently 6 Percent Of 10-Year Average

Aug 8, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 2nd

Aug 8, 2019 - Boise Weekly: Salmon Runs in 2019 Expected to Be Lower Than 2017, 2018 

Aug 5, 2019 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: ECONorthwest releases report on economic tradeoffs of removing Lower Snake River Dams; Northwest Riverpartners Challenge

Aug 5, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: The first sockeye arrives at Redfish, but biologists worry few will follow. Here’s why

Aug 1, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Idaho fisheries managers forecast poor steelhead return  

Jul 31, 2019 - Gazette-Tribune: In support of salmon recovery, Ecology seeks feedback on proposed rule changes

Jul 31, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Study, Breaching dams would pay off

Jul 29, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Tribe, others challenge agreement

Jul 29, 2019 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Lower Snake River Sockeye Passage: “We have concerns fish are not passing upstream dams at appropriate rates”; Huge shad numbers causing some counting problems

Jul 29, 2019 - The Spokesman Review: Idaho steelhead forecast remains poor

Jul 26, 2019 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - July 2019

Jul 25, 2019 - Boise Weekly: The Most Complex Natural Resource Issue In The West, Part 1 of a three-part series on Lower Snake River dam removal

Jul 19, 2019 - CBB: River Managers Clarify Priorities On Using Dworshak’s Cool Water For Salmon Into September; Lower Granite Sockeye Passage Dismal So Far, Only 19 Fish

Jul 16, 2019 - Seattle Times: Bonneville, the Northwest’s biggest clean-power supplier, faces promise and perils in changing energy markets

Jul 15, 2019 - CBB: Corps releases Dworshak water to cool Lower Granite tailwater for Salmon; Low sockeye run downgraded by one-third

Jul 12, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - July 26th

Jul 12, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - July 19th

Jul 9, 2019 - Idaho Fish & Game: very few sockeye salmon returning to Idaho

Jul 3, 2019 - CSM: In Idaho, the plight of salmon spawns an unorthodox proposal 

Jul 3, 2019 - CSM: In Idaho, the plight of salmon spawns an unorthodox proposal 

Jun 28, 2019 - Public News Service: Idaho Governor Assembles Diverse Groups to Plan Salmon Recovery

Jun 27, 2019 - Washington State Wire: Washington’s path to clean energy can also save orca—and salmon they need to thrive

Jun 24, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Little vows to fight for abundant, sustainable salmon populations through work group

Jun 18, 2019 - MeatEater Conservation: Breach It and They Will Come  

Jun 14, 2019 - CBB: Treaty Fishing To Begin For Summer Chinook, Sockeye; Run Forecasts Down From Last Year’s Actual Returns

Jun 11, 2019 - Union Bulletin: With or without dams, we are in this together

Jun 11, 2019 - Out There Outdoors: Reckoning on a River

Jun 5, 2019 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Spring chinook season comes to close

Jun 4, 2019 - Seattle Times: Can Bonneville Power Administration be saved?    

Jun 4, 2019 - Mountain Journal: Collapse of Salmon And Steelhead A Dam Shame

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