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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

July 12, 2024

Seattle Times: Record sockeye salmon run on Columbia now threatened by hot water

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July 11, 2024By Lynda V. Mapes Smashing records, sockeye salmon are booming up the Columbia River, in a run expected to top 700,000 fish before it’s over. But a punishing heat wave has made river temperatures so hot many may never make it their last miles… Read More
July 03, 2024

Hot Water Report 2024 - Issue 2.

in Restoring the Lower Snake River
Sockeye salmon with lesions dying from hot water in the Columbia-Snake River Basin ©Conrad GowellWelcome to the Hot Water Report 2024: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers. I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY For decades, summer water temperatures in the… Read More
May 20, 2024

Hot Water Report: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers

in Tackling the Climate Challenge
Welcome to the Hot Water Report: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers. These weekly reports present the conditions on the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers via graphs, analyses, and stories. The reports track the rivers as they become too hot… Read More
April 22, 2024

Seattle Times Guest Opinion: ‘Every part of this soil is sacred’: Restore…

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April 21, 2024By Leonard Forsman For thousands of years, our ancestors managed this region’s landscape based on our knowledge of the animals who share this region, and their habitats. This ecological knowledge was passed along from generation to generation,… Read More
September 27, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition applauds Presidential…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2023 CONTACTS: Tanya Riordan, tanya@wildsalmon.org, 509-990-9777 (Spokane, WA) Joseph Bogaard, joseph@wildsalmon.org, 206-300-1003 (Seattle, WA) Save Our wild Salmon Coalition applauds today’s Presidential Memorandum… Read More
September 19, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rising River Temperatures Take a Toll on Snake River…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 19, 2023 CONTACTS:Joseph Bogaard, joseph@wildsalmon.org, 206-300-1003Tanya Riordan, tanya@wildsalmon.org, 509-990-9777 Rising River Temperatures Take a Toll on Snake River Salmon SEATTLE (Sept. 19, 2023) — Throughout this… Read More
September 15, 2023

Hot Water Report 2023 - September 18, Issue 11.

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Sockeye salmon with lesions dying from hot water in the Columbia-Snake River Basin ©Conrad Gowell I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2023 Hot Water Report: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers, our final issue for this summer. For millennia, wild… Read More
September 07, 2023

Hot Water Report 2023 - September 8, Issue 10.

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Sockeye salmon with lesions dying from hot water in the Columbia-Snake River Basin ©Conrad Gowell I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2023 Hot Water Report: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers. During the summer, this weekly report provides an… Read More
August 31, 2023

Hot Water Report 2023 - September 1, Issue 9.

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Sockeye salmon with lesions dying from hot water in the Columbia-Snake River Basin ©Conrad Gowell I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2023 Hot Water Report: Warming Waters in the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers. During the summer, this weekly report provides an… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 25, 2022 - Everett Herald - Comment: Our grid can save salmon and a green energy future

Jul 19, 2022 - Hot Water Report 2022 - July 20, Issue 4.

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

Mar 9, 2022 - NW News Network: Study says plans needed to replace Snake River dams power generation

Sep 8, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - September 8, Issue 12.

Sep 1, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - September 1, Issue 11.

Aug 18, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - August 18, Issue 9.

Aug 16, 2021 - The Seattle Times: What does climate report foresee for Northwest?

Aug 11, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - August 11, Issue 8.

Aug 5, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - August 4, Issue 7.

Jul 28, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - July 28, Issue 6.

Jul 21, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - July 21, Issue 5.

Jul 19, 2021 - L.A. Times: Instead of braving the river, these endangered salmon take the highway

Jul 14, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - July 14, Issue 4.

Jul 7, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - July 7, Issue 3.

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 23, 2021 - Hot Water Report 2021 - June 23, Issue 1.

Feb 23, 2021 - LMT: Scientists say removing Snake River dams ‘is necessary’ to restore salmon population

Jan 19, 2021 - Spokane Public Radio: Report Lays Out Bleak Picture For Northwest Salmon 'Teetering On The Brink Of Extinction'

Oct 6, 2020 - Lewiston Tribune: Research: Sockeye are in hot water

Sep 18, 2020 - Public News Service: Columbia River Basin Salmon in Hot Water

Sep 3, 2020 - The Spokesman Review: Cooked salmon: Climate change, dams contribute to lethal habitat

Sep 2, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - September 2, Issue 8.

Aug 26, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - August 26, Issue 7.

Aug 19, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - August 19, Issue 6.

Aug 12, 2020 - E&E News: Climate concerns preclude dam breaching — Trump admin

Aug 11, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - August 12, Issue 5

Aug 5, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - August 5, Issue 4

Jul 30, 2020 - East Oregonian/Columbia Insight: Thermal hopscotch: How Columbia River salmon are adapting to climate change

Jul 29, 2020 - Hot Water Report 2020 - July 29, Issue 3

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

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