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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.



Restoring the Lower Snake River Articles

March 19, 2024

Spokesman-Review: Letter to the Editor: 'Protect our special way of life'

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Thank you for publishing the “A bold blueprint for salmon restoration puts region on right course” on March 9. Your readers deserve the facts about this historic and significant path forward, (not the misleading and hyperbolic rhetoric perpetuated by Rep.… Read More
February 23, 2024

NWNews: Tribes, governments sign historic agreement that's a 'path forward' for…

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By Courtney FlattFebruary 23, 2024 Cell phones and cameras popped above a packed room to capture the moment Friday each of six sovereigns – the Nez Perce, Yakama, Warm Springs and Umatilla Tribes and the governors of Washington and Oregon – signed the… Read More
February 23, 2024

AP News: White House, tribal leaders hail ‘historic’ deal to restore salmon…

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, third from left, stands with Chair Gerry Lewis of the Yakama Nation, fourth from left, as they and others pose for a photo following a ceremonial signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. The ceremonial signing is an… Read More
February 23, 2024

E&E News: White House celebrates $1B deal to save Columbia River Basin salmon

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By Jennifer Yachnin 02/23/2024 But Biden administration officials acknowledged it is just a first step in a long process. Top Biden administration officials and Native American leaders on Friday celebrated a $1 billion settlement agreement to restore Pacific… Read More

Feb 23, 2024 - Seattle Times: PNW tribal nations, states sign historic Columbia Basin agreement with U.S.

Feb 21, 2024 - Capital Press: Commentary: Let's plan for a transition

Feb 13, 2024 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (February 2024)

Feb 9, 2024 - Debunking Myths About the Lower Snake River Dams

Feb 9, 2024 - Oregon’s U.S. District Court Approves Long-Term Pause of Snake River Litigation, Allowing Columbia River Restoration to Move Forward (Earthjustice Press Release)

Feb 1, 2024 - Join the 'Snake River Dinner Hour' webinar series (February - May 2024)!

Jan 30, 2024 - Idaho Capital Sun: Let the Sockeye swim: How a program of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes aims to help save Idaho salmon

Jan 16, 2024 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (January 2024)

Jan 8, 2024 - Yakima Herald Guest Commentary: Columbia-Snake agreement charts the course to a clean-energy future

Jan 2, 2024 - The Spokesman-Review Op-ed | Dan McDonald: Significant progress in the race against extinction

Jan 2, 2024 - The Oregonian: Efforts of tribes pay off in historic agreement on Snake River dam removals

Dec 18, 2023 - High Country News: Lower Snake River dams closer to coming down with new agreement

Dec 18, 2023 - NPB: Historic agreement seen as a harbinger to Snake River dam removal

Dec 15, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: It’s official: Dam agreement announced

Dec 15, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Salmon and dam agreement formally announced, features $1 billion in federal funds and pause on lawsuits

Dec 15, 2023 - Seattle Times: Biden administration promises $1 billion more for salmon, clean energy — but punts on Lower Snake River dam removal in major agreement

Dec 15, 2023 - NPR: Tribes celebrate historic deal with White House that could save Pacific Northwest salmon

Dec 15, 2023 - AP News: Conservationists, tribes say deal with Biden administration is a road map to breach Snake River dams

Dec 15, 2023 - E&E News: White House pledges $1B to restore Pacific Northwest salmon, steelhead

Dec 15, 2023 - Tri-City Herald: ‘Historic’ Columbia River agreement called ‘roadmap’ to breaching Snake River dams

Dec 14, 2023 - Press Release: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Ten-Year Partnership with Tribes & States to Restore Wild Salmon, Expand Clean Energy Production, Increase Resilience, and Provide Energy Stability in the Columbia River Basin

Dec 14, 2023 - BREAKING NEWS: Federal agreement announced, creating a pathway to restore lower Snake River (12/14/2023)

Dec 14, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Biden administration commits significant federal resources to rebuild Columbia Basin salmon, honor obligations to Tribes, and prepare for lower Snake River dam breaching

Dec 13, 2023 - Seattle Times: Take out dams and keep the Snake River salmon’s last, best place

Dec 11, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: OPINION: Saving Snake River salmon requires taking a new path

Nov 30, 2023 - AP: Leaked document says US is willing to build energy projects in case Snake River dams are breached

Nov 20, 2023 - Save Our wild Salmon Coalition Year-in-Review 2023

Nov 13, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (November/December 2023)

Nov 3, 2023 - NWNews: Tribal members gather to demand the federal government uphold treaty obligations, protect salmon

Nov 3, 2023 - The Columbian: In Our View: Agreeable solution critical for iconic salmon

Nov 3, 2023 - Seattle Times: Northwest Tribes build momentum in large gathering for dam removal, salmon restoration

Nov 1, 2023 - Seattle Times: Lower Snake River dam removal still possible as talks continue

Oct 19, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: ‘Unusually large’ toxic algal bloom covers 30-mile stretch of the Lower Snake River

Oct 16, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (October 2023)

Oct 13, 2023 - KUOW: Large Snake River toxic algal bloom hasn’t happened before

Oct 12, 2023 - Stand with Tribes to protect salmon and orcas: ‘Rise Up Northwest in Unity’ - Nov. 1 and 2, 2023

Oct 5, 2023 - 'All Our Relations' Snake River Campaign (Sept./Oct. 2023)

Oct 2, 2023 - Lewiston-Tribune: Demonstrators gather for a free-flowing Snake River

Sep 28, 2023 - Spokesman Review: ‘This is historic’: Biden orders whole-of-government effort to restore salmon in Columbia, Snake rivers

Sep 27, 2023 - Seattle Times: President Biden calls for abundant salmon in Columbia, Snake rivers

Sep 27, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition applauds Presidential Memorandum prioritizing the federal government’s salmon recovery commitments

Sep 19, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rising River Temperatures Take a Toll on Snake River Salmon

Sep 17, 2023 - Breaking News: Columbia/Snake River salmon and dams update

Sep 15, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - September 18, Issue 11.

Sep 15, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (September 2023)

Sep 7, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - September 8, Issue 10.

Sep 1, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Federal government, salmon advocates agree to continue talks that could lead to breaching Snake River dams

Sep 1, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Parties seek extension in dams debate

Sep 1, 2023 - Seattle Times: Dam removal still on table as settlement talks over Lower Snake River operations continue

Aug 31, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement re: 8/31 decision to extend litigation pause

Aug 31, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - September 1, Issue 9.

Aug 28, 2023 - Seattle Times: Celebrating the life of Tokitae the orca on San Juan Island

Aug 24, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - August 24, Issue 8.

Aug 17, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - August 18, Issue 7.

Aug 11, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (August 2023)

Aug 11, 2023 - Idaho Statesman: The science is clear. Dams must be removed for Snake River salmon to have a future

Aug 9, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - August 9, Issue 6.

Aug 4, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Snake River sockeye run sputters

Aug 3, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - August 3, Issue 5.

Jul 27, 2023 - Idaho Capital Sun: Salmon politics in motion: Responsible momentum is building in Idaho, Pacific Northwest

Jul 27, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - July 27, Issue 4.

Jul 24, 2023 - East Oregonian: Other views: The science is clear on restoring wild salmon in the Snake River Basin

Jul 24, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Sockeye begin epic Northwest journey

Jul 19, 2023 - Lewiston Tribune: Dam Study: More research required

Jul 19, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Dan McDonald: Economic development for rural communities and recovery for imperiled salmon

Jul 19, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - July 19, Issue 3.

Jul 17, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (July 2023)

Jul 13, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Public delivers clear mandate to Biden Administration: Restore the lower Snake River and its endangered wild salmon and steelhead populations

Jul 12, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - July 12, Issue 2.

Jul 5, 2023 - Hot Water Report 2023 - July 6, Issue 1.

Jul 1, 2023 - The Columbian: In Our View: No easy answers for Snake River dams, salmon

Jun 27, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: Environmentalists, politicians clash over Republican hearing to defend Snake River dams

Jun 14, 2023 - Seattle Times: As the West’s dam removal movement presses on, could the Lower Snake be next?

Jun 12, 2023 - Seattle Times Opinion: Salmon restoration is a matter of ecological, cultural survival

Jun 12, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (June 2023)

Jun 5, 2023 - Spokesman-Review Guest Opinion: Four tribal chairs: We need a Columbia Basin Initiative for salmon, tribes and energy

May 30, 2023 - Take Action: Submit a public comment urging federal action to stop salmon extinction

May 26, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Diverse voices tell Biden Administration restore Snake River (5/25/23)

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

May 22, 2023 - Northwest Public Broadcasting: PNW artists’ work evokes salmon to educate, inspire change

May 18, 2023 - Public News Service: Historic Step Forward for Snake River Dam Replacement in WA Budget

May 16, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Governor Inslee Signs Washington State Budgets - Taking Important Next Steps Towards Honoring Treaty Rights and Restoring Endangered Salmon

May 16, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (May 2023)

Apr 26, 2023 - Spokesman-Review: This year’s return could be one of the smallest on record, and it appears there are a number of factors at play

Apr 24, 2023 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington State Legislature takes important next steps towards honoring treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations and restoring endangered salmon in the lower Snake River

Apr 17, 2023 - Wild Salmon & Steelhead News (April 2023)

Apr 13, 2023 - Idaho News 6: Idaho Youth head to U.S. Capitol to protect Salmon and Steelhead

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

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