Update: The Water and Salmon Committee's Campaign to Restore a Free-flowing Lower Snake River
Last year, the Obama Administration submitted its 2010 Columbia and Snake River salmon and steelhead plan - which it inherited from the Bush Administration and subsequently adopted - to Judge James Redden for his approval. Salmon and fishing advocates immediately asked the court to reject this plan as inadequate and illegal. After a series of illegal plans, it is time for a new approach and a new plan that will work for both people and salmon.
Once home to the most prolific salmon populations on the planet, the Columbia Basin is now home to thirteen threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead populations –half of all ESA-listed stocks on the West Coast. With more than 400 dams blocking the Basin’s rivers and streams, it won’t surprise anyone to learn that scientists have determined that the removal of a few particularly lethal dams are needed in order to protect and restore these stocks to healthy, self-sustaining, and fishable levels. At the center of the debate lie the four costly dams on the lower reach of the Snake River.
Scientists are also beginning to recognize that Snake River stocks are among the most important runs to protect as the planet begins to warm. These are the longest and highest migrating salmon and steelhead in the world: swimming 900 miles upstream and climbing 7,000 feet in elevation! Long-migrating salmon have been found to be far hardier and more resilient in the face of warming river temperatures than their low-elevation cousins. And their spawning and rearing gravels in eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and high in the heart of central Idaho represent the largest, coldest, highest-quality and best-protected contiguous salmon habitat remaining in the Lower 48.
Join us for a special evening to celebrate the imminent removal of the two Elwha River dams and learn the latest news on the campaign to remove the lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington.
Tuesday, May 24, REI Flagship store, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle, 7:00 – 8:30.
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