The science is clear. Removing the four Lower Snake River dams could bring back million-strong salmon runs, benefitting sport, commercial, and Tribal fishing communities, and helping starving orcas who depend on the salmon. We have an opportunity to ask for a plan that reimagines how the river can work for everyone.
The agencies that oversee the dams just released a draft plan that fails in its mandate to help recover endangered salmon and steelhead. We need you to tell them this is not acceptable if we want to pull orcas and salmon back from the brink of extinction. The comment deadline is April 13.
The lower Snake once acted like a superhighway for migrating salmon, connecting some 5,500 miles of pristine spawning streams with the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Scientists have long said that removing the dams is foundational to the recovery of both endangered salmon and the critically endangered orcas that depend on salmon as prey.
The current draft plan is not the solution the orcas or the salmon need. We need you to raise your voice to let the agencies know that preserving the status quo of their operations is not enough.
Please join us in supporting a plan that restores abundant populations of salmon, protects and invests in the economic vitality of local communities, continues the region’s legacy of providing reliable and affordable clean energy, and helps the iconic orcas recover and remain a vital part of our region and heritage.