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Tackling the Climate Challenge

Salmon need a healthy climate and resilient habitats

Protecting wild salmon depends on a two-pronged approach to climate that stops carbon production and builds resilience in our rivers and watersheds

Like everything else, successful salmon restoration efforts in the Columbia and Snake Rivers depends on a healthy climate. Our strategies must meet the needs of wild salmon and also help tackle the climate challenge we all face together. The law and the science are clear: the federal Columbia Basin hydro-system must make some major changes and share the river with endangered wild salmon and steelhead populations. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest today has the energy resources and expertise to replace reductions in hydro-system generation in order to protect salmon with affordable, carbon-free energy sources.

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Tackling the Climate Challenge Articles

September 03, 2020

The Spokesman Review: Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal…

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Dave NicholsAugust 24, 2020 The Columbia and Snake rivers have been providing sustenance throughout the northwest since man first inhabited the region – first directly via the salmon that swim through their waters, then through irrigation and power generated… Read More
August 26, 2020

Hot Water Report 2020 - August 26, Issue 7.

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I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to Save Our wild Salmon’s Hot Water Report 2020, Week 7. This weekly report presents conditions on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers - like water temperatures, status of salmon and steelhead returns and related topics - via graphs,… Read More
August 19, 2020

Hot Water Report 2020 - August 19, Issue 6.

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I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to Save Our wild Salmon’s Hot Water Report 2020, Week 6. This weekly report presents conditions on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers - like water temperatures, status of salmon and steelhead returns and related topics - via graphs,… Read More
August 12, 2020

E&E News: Climate concerns preclude dam breaching — Trump admin

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By Jeremy P. JacobsAugust 11, 2020 The Trump administration has a new argument for opposing the breach of salmon-killing dams in the Pacific Northwest: climate change. In a highly anticipated environmental analysis of the Columbia River's hydropower system,… Read More
July 30, 2020

East Oregonian/Columbia Insight: Thermal hopscotch: How Columbia River salmon…

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By Chuck Thompson and Valerie Brown, Columbia InsightJul 28, 2020 HOOD RIVER — Water in the Columbia River Basin isn’t just getting warmer. In places, it’s getting downright hot. At the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers in Southeastern Washington,… Read More

Jul 22, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - July 22nd, Issue 2

Jul 15, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - July 15th, Issue 1

Feb 21, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Fish School: Part 5

Oct 28, 2019 - Post Register: Without redoubled conservation efforts 'the trajectory is clear' for wild salmon

Oct 14, 2019 - For Immediate Release: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition statement regarding the Oct. 14 announcement from the Yakama and Lummi Nations

Sep 26, 2019 - High Country News: Courts can’t keep Columbia and Snake River salmon from the edge of extinction

Sep 10, 2019 - Chinook Observer: Editorial - Only smart, honest policies stand in the way of extinction

Sep 3, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - August 30th

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 29, 2019 - Inside Climate News: Global Warming Is Pushing Pacific Salmon to the Brink, Federal Scientists Warn

Jul 15, 2019 - Alaska Public Media: Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

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

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

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

Jul 5, 2019 - Hot Water Report 2019 - July 5th

Feb 6, 2019 - KATU: Dam cool idea? Washington seeks public input on plan to help salmon

Jan 23, 2019 - High Country News: Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’

Dec 7, 2018 - Columbia Basin Bulletin: Federal Climate Report Suggests More Warm Years Such As 2015 Will Be A Reality For Columbia Basin 

Sep 17, 2018 - KNKX: How Washington's Last Coal Plant Could Become State's Largest Solar Project

Sep 3, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - August 31

Aug 28, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - August 24

Aug 13, 2018 - Hot Water Report - August 10

Aug 11, 2018 - CBB: River Managers Opt To Save Cool Dworshak Water For Upcoming Salmon/Steelhead Migration

Aug 11, 2018 - CBB: Hot Water Temperatures Prompt Oregon/Washington To Close Deschutes, Yakima River Mouths To Fishing

Aug 7, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - August 3

Jul 30, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 27

Jul 23, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 20

Jul 20, 2018 - HOT WATER REPORTS - COMPILED

Jul 16, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 13

Jul 16, 2018 - CBB: With Temps Rising, Corps Cools Snake River With Dworshak Water To Aid Endangered Snake River Sockeye

Jul 9, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - July 5

Jun 21, 2018 - Hot Water Report 2018 - June 28

May 16, 2018 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News – May/June 2018 issue

May 10, 2018 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Dam study reveals raft of benefits

May 10, 2018 - NW Fishletter #381: NW Energy Coalition Commissions Study To Replace Energy From Snake River Dams

May 8, 2018 - Idaho Statesman: Chasing the salmon downstream to get an early fishing season

Apr 23, 2018 - Tri-City Herald Guest Opinion: Guest Opinion: Dam replacement study reveals new opportunities

Apr 23, 2018 - Lewiston Morning Tribune: Think tank slams dam-breaching study

Apr 3, 2018 - For Immediate Release: Press Statement - Salmon Extinction or Restoration? Putting the Lower Snake River Dam Power Replacement Study in context

Mar 3, 2018 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News - February/March 2018

Dec 10, 2017 - CBB: Agencies Outline NEPA/EIS Progress Evaluating Columbia/Snake River Uses, Improvements For Fish

Nov 19, 2017 - CBB: Council Hears Presentation On How California’s Booming Renewables Affecting BPA Revenues

Nov 13, 2017 - NewsDeeply: Why Hydroelectric Utilities Are Endangered by Soaring Solar and Wind

Oct 8, 2017 - Idaho Statesman: Acidic oceans and warm rivers that kill Idaho’s salmon might be norm in 50 years

Sep 25, 2017 - NRDC: New Study Offers Way Out of Hot Water & Salmon Crisis

Aug 25, 2017 - High Country News: States restrict chinook fisheries

Aug 18, 2017 - Seattle Times: Warm-water conditions in the Columbia and Snake Rivers are challenging cold water salmon and steelhead — and the problem is likely to get worse because of climate change.

May 29, 2017 - Washington Post Guest Opinion: Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path

Dec 7, 2016 - NW Fishletter #364: NWEC Panel Explores Replacing Power From Lower Snake River Dams

Aug 16, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.16.2016)

Aug 9, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.9.2016)

Aug 8, 2016 - SOS Blog: Wild Salmon and Climate Change: The Law*

Aug 2, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (8.2.2016)

Jul 26, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.26.2016)

Jul 6, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016 (7.6.2016)

Jul 1, 2016 - CBB: Steps Taken To Cool Warming Lower Snake, Reduce Thermal Blocks As Large Basin Sockeye Return Heads Upstream (2)

Jun 30, 2016 - Hot Water Report 2016

Jun 25, 2016 - WAPO: Obama’s advisers just dismantled a key myth about the future of clean energy (2)

Jun 25, 2016 - CBB: Hot Summer. Will Sockeye Get Slammed Again? (2)

Jul 28, 2015 - Lewiston Tribune: Sockeye salmon in hot water

Sep 3, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 7

Sep 2, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 6

Aug 20, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 5

Aug 14, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 4

Aug 5, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 3

Jul 30, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 2

Jul 23, 2013 - Summer 2013 – Hot water alert No. 1

Jul 3, 2013 - The Lower Snake River is heating up.

May 16, 2013 - Climate Change Prevention and Care

Apr 22, 2013 - The Oregonian: A 21st-century blueprint for saving Oregon species from climate change

Apr 12, 2013 - Fires, Sediment, Salmon and Taxpayers

Mar 29, 2013 - Light in the River Program 2013

Mar 29, 2013 - Light in the River Reports

Oct 29, 2012 - A Northwest first – wind over water!

Aug 30, 2012 - Boil On Columbia

Apr 5, 2012 - BPA stifling opportunities for salmon, wind, and jobs

Aug 12, 2011 - Wind farm set to power 100,000 homes taking shape in Washington

Jul 28, 2011 - Sustainable Business Oregon: New challenges emerge in wind vs. water debate

Jul 21, 2011 - North American Wind Power: Salmon Group Wades Into Pacific Northwest Curtailment Battle

May 13, 2011 - Don't let BPA squander clean energy jobs and innovation.

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