Four dams are causing the Snake River to overheat, killing migrating salmon. The White House must support removal of these dams to save salmon and honor the rights of Northwest Tribes.
Credit: Jordan Kim
Salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin have fallen to a small fraction of their historic numbers since the construction of the Snake River dams. The loss of salmon has had catastrophic and cascading impacts on the region. Not only has this caused orca populations to dwindle and fisheries to shut down, it has threatened the way of life, identity, and well-being of tribes in the region. The Nez Perce Tribe and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians have called for the removal of the dams.
We have the opportunity now to restore the lower Snake River in a way that takes into consideration the needs of the many stakeholders in the region. The dams are an important source of energy, but with proper planning a mix of solar, wind, energy efficiency, demand-response, and storage would provide a clean replacement. We must also make sure we invest in infrastructure updates to support local farmers.
Send a message to the White House and Department of Interior to support a comprehensive plan to save salmon and honor commitments to Northwest Tribes by restoring a free-flowing Snake River.