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Save Our Wild Salmon

Explore this page to find editorials and guest opinions concerning all things related to Columbia-Snake River Basin wild salmon and steelhead.

November 03, 2023

The Columbian: In Our View: Agreeable solution critical for iconic salmon

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The ColumbianNovember 3, 2023 Understanding the cultural and economic impact of salmon, most Northwest residents can agree on the importance of the iconic species. That likely is where the agreements end, however, as decades of discussions, expenditures and… Read More
October 16, 2023

The Oregonian: LTE: Give environment a voice in modernized treaty

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Oct. 15, 2023 Canadian and U.S. negotiators met recently in Portland to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. Portlanders should care about the outcome. The 60-year-old treaty shut out Indigenous people who had managed the earth’s richest salmon river from… Read More
August 11, 2023

Idaho Statesman: The science is clear. Dams must be removed for Snake River salmon to have a future

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By Doug Austen and Helen NevilleAugust 11, 2023 As policymakers debate the future of the dams on the Snake River, the American Fisheries Society (AFS), the leading fisheries professional society in the United States, and Trout Unlimited, one of the nation’s… Read More
August 10, 2023

Seattle Times Opinion: Modernize Columbia River Treaty to meet challenges ahead

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Aug. 9, 2023By Joseph Bogaard and Martin Carver Negotiators representing federal, provincial and First Nation governments will gather this week in Seattle to continue efforts to modernize the Columbia River Treaty in the 18th round of negotiations. Much has… Read More
July 27, 2023

Idaho Capital Sun: Salmon politics in motion: Responsible momentum is building in Idaho, Pacific Northwest

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Northwest Tribal leaders, three senior members of Congress, and two governors have begun a new path to save our endangered fish, writes guest columnist Pat Ford. July 27, 2023 In 2021, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson proposed that the earthen sections of four dams be… Read More
July 24, 2023

East Oregonian: Other views: The science is clear on restoring wild salmon in the Snake River Basin

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By Rick Williams Jul 22, 2023 Snake River salmon are not thriving. They’re on the brink of extinction. Since the four Snake River dams were completed in the 1970s, Snake River salmon runs that once produced nearly half the spring Chinook salmon and summer… Read More
July 19, 2023

Spokesman-Review: Dan McDonald: Economic development for rural communities and recovery for imperiled salmon

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By Dan McDonald July 19, 2023 Salmon and steelhead swim right through the heart of our region’s special way of life. These emblematic fish are an essential part of our Northwest culture, and big contributors to the economy as well. In the Columbia Basin more… Read More
July 01, 2023

The Columbian: In Our View: No easy answers for Snake River dams, salmon

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The ColumbianJune 29, 2023 When it comes to public policy, discussion is beneficial; rhetoric that insults our intelligence is not. Such is the case with opinions about breaching four hydroelectric dams along the Lower Snake River. The issue has drawn… Read More
June 12, 2023

Seattle Times Opinion: Salmon restoration is a matter of ecological, cultural survival

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June 12, 2023 at 2:32 pm By Claudia Kauffman The journey toward breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams in the Columbia Basin has become a focal point in our collective efforts to restore salmon populations, honor Indigenous sovereignty and revive our… Read More

May 26, 2023 - Everett Herald Opinion: Sen. Cantwell should join effort to retire Snake dams

May 11, 2023 - Columbia Insight: Opinion: Without a modernized Columbia River Treaty we’ll fail to meet 21st-century challenges

Apr 10, 2023 - Everett Herald Letters: Commentary on hydropower misstated conclusions of salmon report

Apr 10, 2023 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Miles Johnson: Lies and fear mongering won’t solve our problems

Apr 10, 2023 - Everett Herald Guest Opinion: Snake River dams’ benefits replaceable; salmon aren’t

Mar 30, 2023 - Herald Letters to the Editor: What dams provide is replaceable; salmon are not

Mar 8, 2023 - Chicago Sun-Times: Preserving wildlife and a way of life

Feb 23, 2023 - The Bulletin: For a better future, the four Lower Snake River Dams must go

Feb 21, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Gregg Servheen: Removing Lower Snake River Dams the only way to save salmon

Jan 4, 2023 - High Country News: Can dam removal save the Snake River?

Nov 14, 2022 - Spokesman Review: Helen Neville: The need to breach the Lower Snake River dams: A look at 2022 fish returns

Oct 12, 2022 - Seattle Times: Lessons from California on preventing power failures during heat waves

Oct 4, 2022 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Make salmon restoration a policy and budget priority

Sep 26, 2022 - Seattle Times: Stop sacrificing Indigenous sacred sites in the name of climate change

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 22, 2022 - Portland Business Journal: Opinion: It's code red for Snake River salmon

Dec 2, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: We don’t have time, but we do have leadership

Nov 9, 2021 - The Columbian: Editorial - New approach is needed to save iconic salmon

Nov 2, 2021 - Everett Herald: Removing Snake River dams could aid fish, economy

Oct 12, 2021 - The Oregonian: Opinion - Clean energy, wild salmon both critical for the future of the Columbia Basin

Sep 28, 2021 - Seattle Times Op-Ed: As the Elwha rushes back to life, hope for river restoration nationwide

Sep 16, 2021 - Idaho Statesman: President Biden needs one voice to lead on Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to save salmon

Aug 23, 2021 - Everett Herald Guest Opinion: Murray, Inslee should back removal of Snake’s dams

Aug 16, 2021 - East Oregonian: Guest Opinion - Working together, bold action can secure a thriving future for the Columbia Basin

Jul 6, 2021 - Full-page SOS Coalition ad in support of Tribal 'Salmon Orca Summit'

Jun 7, 2021 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee must keep their promise to save wild salmon

May 24, 2021 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Inslee and Murray do not have time to spare

May 11, 2021 - Oregonian: Columbia River needs a solution that sustains all our communities - By Earl Blumenauer and Mike Simpson

May 1, 2021 - Capital Press: Commentary: Simpson dam proposal smart, strategic

Mar 22, 2021 - Portland Business Journal: Viewpoint: A way to end litigation around salmon and dams

Mar 15, 2021 - Opinion: My Motivation by Congressman Mike Simpson

Mar 8, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest opinion: Create a future on the lower Snake River that works for everyone.

Mar 8, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse, Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Russ Fulcher: The future of the Columbia-Snake River System

Mar 8, 2021 - LMT Opinion: Simpson’s plan can make all of us winners

Mar 1, 2021 - Lewiston Tribune Guest Opinion: Troy and Schoesler rushed to judgment on Simpson’s fish plan

Mar 1, 2021 - Magic Valley Op-ed: Simpson: Hartgen wants to gamble for Idaho’s future – I want certainty

Feb 22, 2021 - Spokesman Review Guest Opinion: The Last Salmon

Feb 7, 2021 - Idaho Statesman Editorial: At long last, a workable plan to remove Lower Snake River dams and save Idaho’s salmon

Jan 26, 2021 - Tri-City Herald: Treaty rights demand bold action to save salmon

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

Sep 30, 2020 - Post Register: River accords are 'fishy deal' for Idaho

Sep 28, 2020 - Tacoma New Tribune: Removing dams on Puyallup and Snake rivers is key to salmon and orca survival

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

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 - East oregonian guest opinion: Collaboration with all stakeholders is the best path forward

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 13, 2020 - Lewiston Morning Tribune Editorial: Another Major Dam Study Comes and Goes

Aug 12, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Letter to the Editor - Seek leadership elsewhere

Jul 31, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: July 29 Letters to the Editor: Our Readers’ Opinions

Jul 9, 2020 - Nelson Daily Guest Opinion: As Columbia River Treaty negotiators get serious, Basin residents need to speak up

Jun 10, 2020 - Clearwater Tribune: LTE - Time to Get Off the Bench

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 12, 2020 - Idaho Statesman op ed: These groups are setting differences aside to work on salmon solutions

Feb 28, 2020 - East Oregonian: Letter: Sportfishers support Snake River dam removal

Feb 28, 2020 - Oregonian Opinion: Oregon’s orcas, too

Feb 27, 2020 - Idaho County Free Press: Guest Column: Rep. Simpson taking most comprehensive approach to bring salmon back

Jan 29, 2020 - Moscow Pullman Daily News Guest Opinion: Idaho’s salmon can’t survive with the lower Snake dams

Jan 5, 2020 - Capitol Press Guest Opinion: Ag and Rural Caucus seeks Snake River mitigation

Jan 5, 2020 - Daily Astorian Guest Column: Fishermen and farmers need solutions

Dec 23, 2019 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Energy, salmon, economy: Accord on Snake River dams possible

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 4, 2019 - Island Weekly: OPALCO’s dam decision is concerning

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

Sep 9, 2019 - Idaho Statesman: Governor’s salmon work group is going backward

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

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

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

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

Jul 11, 2019 - Crosscut: Flush with cash, WA should invest in orcas now

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

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

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

May 20, 2019 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: U.S. must follow Canada and invite tribes into Columbia River Treaty negotiation

May 14, 2019 - Crosscut: An Idaho Republican is asking the right questions about Northwest salmon 

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