Join Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Sierra Club and Idaho Conservation League for a press conference and rally in support of wild salmon. We'll gather at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Room on the second floor of the Grove Hotel in Boise on Nov. 29.
This event in support of wild salmon will take place alongside a federal open house, which will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. next door. We encourage you to attend this event and rally before attending the federal open house.
The federal meeting is one of many scheduled in the wake of a U.S. District Court ruling last May that sent dam operators back to the drawing board and set a new planning process in motion. Finding in favor of fishing businesses, conservation groups, clean energy advocates, the State of Oregon, and the Nez Perce Tribe, the decision rejected the federal agencies’ previous salmon restoration plan as illegal, inadequate and unrealistic – especially in the face of mounting climate impacts.
Advocates for a free-flowing lower Snake River are urging federal agencies to initiate a new approach by removing four high-cost, low-value dams. Fisheries biologists have long highlighted this action as the single most beneficial solution to restore dwindling salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River basin. Wild salmon and steelhead are a valuable and cherished resource and a part of the natural heritage across the Northwest – particularly for fishermen who use and enjoy the Clearwater, Lochsa and other tributaries to the Snake River.
The Pacific Northwest is already generating more electricity than it needs, and the modest amount of power produced by the four lower Snake River dams can be replaced with climate-friendly renewables.
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