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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

August 05, 2022

Puget Sound Business Journal Guest Opinion: Fate of Northwest salmon could…

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By Les Welsh, National Wildlife Federation Aug 3, 2022 https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2022/08/03/fate-of-northwest-salmon-depend-on-investments.html It’s time to consider the cost of keeping the lower Snake River dams. Since the late 1970s, costly… Read More
August 05, 2022

OPB: Groups seek pause in long-running Columbia River Basin salmon dispute

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By Todd Milbourn (OPB) Aug. 4, 2022 Break would give stakeholders more time to develop a plan to protect fish A legal dispute over the impact of hydroelectric dams on salmon runs in the Columbia River Basin has been winding its way through federal court for… Read More
August 04, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes the Biden…

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August 4, 2022 CONTACT: Joseph Bogaard, Executive DirectorSave Our wild Salmon CoalitionJoseph@wildsalmon.org206-300-1003 The Save Our wild Salmon Coalition welcomes the Biden Administration's commitment to developing durable solutions for endangered wild… Read More
July 28, 2022

NWNews: Federal report recommends breaching Lower Snake River dams to restore…

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By Courtney FlattJuly 12, 2022 Ice Harbor dam is one of the four dams on the Lower Snake River. A new draft report says one or more of the dams should be breached to restore salmon runs to healthy and harvestable levels. To recover healthy salmon populations,… Read More
July 25, 2022

Everett Herald - Comment: Our grid can save salmon and a green energy future

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By Marc Sullivan and Angus DuncanJuly 24, 2022 Should the four Lower Snake River dams be breached to save the salmon? If we take out the dams, will electricity reliability suffer? Will the region’s economy take a disabling blow? Will rates skyrocket as Mark… Read More

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

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)

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