IRU's Position Statement on Today's Announcement from the Yakama and Lummi Tribes

Idaho Rivers United has stood shoulder to shoulder with Tribal leadership on restoring salmon and steelhead populations to Idaho. As co-managers of fish and wildlife resources in the Pacific Northwest, Indigenous people provide unique expertise in the management of these resources, balancing it with cultural traditions. Collaboration with Tribal partners is a cornerstone of our work and lies at the heart of solving the salmon crisis.

We have not studied, nor held discussions, about the proposals to remove any of the dams on the Lower Columbia River, but remain resolute in our effort to restore salmon and steelhead in abundance to Idaho. The science available shows that restoring the Snake River, through removal of the 4 dams on the Lower Snake River, will be sufficient to restore Idaho’s salmon and steelhead populations in numbers great enough to recover these species. Idaho Rivers United remains committed to working with all stakeholders, including Federal, State, and Tribal governments, as well as citizens and industries toward that end. IRU has not discussed removal on the main stem Columbia but remains focused solely on the dams limiting fish into Idaho on the Lower Snake River.

IRU respects the perspectives and expertise of Tribes, both in Idaho and across the region. We share many values, and we look forward to continuing discussions on how best to restore any rights and cultural significance they have lost.

Post Card Drop off at the Governor's Office

Post Card Drop off at the Governor's Office

If you care about Idaho salmon and steelhead, come show your support at the state house on Tuesday, the 24th of September.

The time has come to tell the Governor that Idaho needs bold leadership in order to recover our salmon and steelhead runs. We have been collecting postcards signed by folks across Idaho and the nation addressed to our governor and now we need your help in delivering them straight to his desk.

Guide Education Wrap-up 2019

Guide Education Wrap-up 2019

Idaho Rivers United has been dedicated to our Guide Education program for over 15 years; this tradition allows us to build stronger relationships with river lovers from all over the United States.  As the Outreach and Education Coordinator for Idaho Rivers United I was given the opportunity to travel along Idaho’s rivers educating guides for the last two months.

For The River’s,

Danielle Warnke

First Meeting for Governor Little's Salmon Work Group

First Meeting for Governor Little's Salmon Work Group

Governor Brad Little convened his Salmon Work Group for their first meeting Friday, June 28, in Boise. His opening remarks rang hollow as he stated, “I remain unconvinced at this time that breaching the dams will recover salmon in Idaho. In order to keep this diverse group of stakeholders (together), we will put polarizing issues aside and focus on pragmatic, achievable solutions." IRU, and other conservation partners remain steadfast, however, that the work group must address dam breaching as a viable option in their deliberations. To not do so would be to ignore sound science on salmon hydrosystem mortality and invite the recycling of decades of failed recovery plans.