Earlier this year, we let you know about an historic development in the decades-long effort to prevent the extinction of Snake River salmon. After 20 years of litigation, we succeeded in bringing state and federal leaders to the table to find a long-term, comprehensive solution that restores Snake River salmon to a healthy abundance. Earthjustice, our partners, and the federal government agreed to pause ongoing litigation until July 2022 to provide space to work out the details of a solution. Now, the pause is nearly over and the rubber has yet to meet the road — the fate of the Snake River salmon is still up in the air. We need your help to mobilize in our last remaining months to ensure we don’t waste this opportunity. Join us in calling for our leaders to forge a comprehensive solution before the July deadline.
Salmon populations and the highly endangered orcas that rely on them are headed towards extinction, but we can restore thriving salmon runs and literally pump life into Northwest ecosystems if we breach four dams on the lower Snake River. These dams stop salmon from accessing millions of acres of prime spawning habitat and make the lower Snake River a lethally hot gauntlet for these fish. A federal and state commitment to breaching the dams remains our best chance to bring the salmon back.
Removing the dams is the most crucial step to creating the comprehensive solution that Snake River salmon and Northwest communities need and deserve. We have an opportunity to change direction and not only achieve the largest river restoration and salmon recovery in history, but also to provide long-overdue justice for Native American Tribes and make the investments needed to build a clean energy future that includes strong farming, fishing, recreation, and port businesses. We can do this by working together to build sustainable economies and ecosystems in the Northwest.
Time is short and the need for action is urgent. Snake River salmon and southern resident orcas are in critical condition, and we must convince our leaders to follow through and find a solution before the rapidly approaching deadline. We have the tools to restore abundant salmon runs and create prosperous local economies, and now we need the political will. Tell your members of Congress we need them to get the job done.