Press Releases

Hatchery setback underscores fallacy of current approach to solving Idaho’s salmon crisis

Hatchery setback underscores fallacy of current approach to solving Idaho’s salmon crisis

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game today acknowledged that sockeye salmon from its new $14 million Springfield Hatchery in southern Idaho are dying at difficult-to-explain rates.

In a press release issued today, Fish and Game biologists said their leading theory about why is because of a difference in water hardness between the hatchery and the natural lakes and streams in the upper Salmon River system. 

Northwest's 'worst-kept secret' inspires #FreetheSnake Flotilla participants

Northwest's 'worst-kept secret' inspires #FreetheSnake Flotilla participants

Before the third annual Free the Snake Flotilla launched Saturday morning, Lewiston native and IRU member Devon Barker-Hicks gave an inspiring speech to encourage people to refocus on building, not tearing things down. “We built the dams,” she said. “We know how to build. Let’s use our collective knowledge to build. Let’s build beaches. Let’s build current. Let’s build shade. Let’s build fish runs.”

Idaho Fish and Game closes steelhead harvest

Idaho Fish and Game closes steelhead harvest

Steelhead are returning to Idaho in record-low numbers and prompting fisheries managers to curtail this fall’s fishing season. According to an Aug. 15 press release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game about 400 steelhead had crossed Lower Granite Dam and entered Idaho by Monday, Aug. 14. The 10-year average for the date is about 6,000 steelhead.

Northwest Reps. write ‘death warrant’ for Idaho’s salmon and steelhead

Northwest Reps. write ‘death warrant’ for Idaho’s salmon and steelhead

Five Northwest political leaders yesterday introduced legislation seeking to block a federal court order that requires increased protections for Idaho’s endangered salmon. “These five members of Congress have written a death warrant for endangered salmon,” said IRU Executive Director Kevin Lewis. “This bill must be stopped dead in its tracks.”

More than 250,000 urge feds to do more to save salmon

More than 250,000 urge feds to do more to save salmon

More than 250,000 individuals have submitted comments since early October when the federal agencies’ (Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) public comment period began. The vast majority of these comments are urging the Corps to remove the four lower Snake River dams in order to bring back endangered salmon.

Settlement protects historic uses on Highway 12, restricts megaloads

Settlement protects historic uses on Highway 12, restricts megaloads

The Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Rivers United and legal group Advocates for the West recently finalized a settlement agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to protect historic uses of U.S. Highway 12 in north-central Idaho while restricting megaload shipments to preserve the area’s spectacular scenery and cultural significance.

FERC denies Idaho Power petition to override state supremacy over water

FERC denies Idaho Power petition to override state supremacy over water

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed a petition today that would have overridden state ability to enforce water quality standards—a right that has been codified by the Supreme Court. The ruling was a win for IRU and other conservation groups that are seeking better water quality standards at three Idaho Power Co. dams on the Snake River in Hells Canyon.