Submit comments to help free the lower Snake River

After two decades and five failed attempts to write a legal and biologically-sound plan to keep Idaho’s endangered salmon from going extinct, the federal government has announced it is gathering public input about how to manage dams in the region. The public comment period opened Sept. 30, 2016 and closes Jan. 17, 2017.

The three-month process is being undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Fisheries and Bonneville Power Administration and is the result of a May 4 federal court ruling won by a coalition of conservation and sport fishing organizations, and the Nez Perce Tribe. In that ruling, federal District Judge Michael Simon lambasted the federal government for failing to show that its dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers aren’t driving endangered salmon and steelhead further toward extinction. It was the fifth consecutive time in 25 years that a federal judge has overturned a salmon plan; Simon is the third judge to do so.

Simon, however, went further than his predecessors and required that the federal government write an Environmental Impact Statement that considers an array of options. Simon wrote he doubted such a document could be written without thoroughly considering lower Snake River dam removal.

Now its your turn to make sure that actually happens in the process as it unfolds. Your comments are imperative to the success of this campaign. Removal of four outdated, unneeded dams on the lower Snake River is the surest way to restore Idaho's endangered salmon and steelhead, stop wasting taxpayer and ratepayer dollars, restore endangered salmon and bring justice to Idaho's Native American tribes.

Click here for talking points and additional materials that will help with your comments, and otherwise please write the agencies using one of the following methods.

IRU's Sign-on Letter

Click here to return to, where you can easily sign on to an IRU letter that we'll send before the Jan. 17 comment deadline.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division
Attn: CRSO EIS, P.O. Box 2870, Portland, OR 97208-2870


The Columbia River System Operations website