John Twa

John Twa

Feb09

How to remove the four lower Snake River dams

How to remove the four lower Snake River dams What will it take to remove the four lower Snake River dams and restore access for salmon to, and from, 5,500 miles of spawning habitat? Will it require Congressional approval? A federal court order? Both...
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Jan31

BPA and the Lower Snake dams

On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) announced that it would be cutting funding for fish and wildlife programs. BPA has been in a death spiral lately.  It would rather defend the dams to the death than admit that it’s...
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Dec12

The 2017 State of the Snake

In 2017 the fish returns at Lower Granite dam are down for all categories compared to both the 10 year average and 2016. A total of 142,527 salmon and steelhead returned to Lower Granite Dam in 2017, a 35% reduction from 2016, which followed a 33% reduction...
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Dec10

A Huge Price to Pay

Lewiston Morning Tribune Letter to the Editor 12-10-17 A Huge Price to Pay Cole Riggers, responding to your recent letter in the Lewiston Tribune, are you blind to the costs you and other “captive shippers” impose on your neighbors, other...
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Nov28

Farmers don’t need dams

Lewiston Morning Tribune Letter to the Editor November 28th, 2017 Farmers don’t need dams I often read barging wheat on the lower Snake River is critically important to maintaining wheat production in eastern Washington and north central Idaho....
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Oct15

Salmon Survival Report: Smolt to Adult Returns

The Columbia Basin Bulletin: Weekly Fish and Wildlife News www.cbbulletin.com October 13, 2017 Issue No. 847 Draft Salmon Survival Report: Smolt To Adult Returns For Snake River Fish Remain Below NW Power/Conservation Council Goals The number of wild...
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Sep29

2017 September Snake River fish return summary

Overall Chinook Returns as of 9/29/17: 2017:  53,044 2016:  103,355 10 year average:  106,942     Spring Chinook Returns 2017:  27,357 2016:  62,050 10 year average:  62,403     Summer Chinook Returns 2017:  8,952 2016:  12,110...
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Sep07

Tragedy of the Snake River Commons

August 30, 2017   Tragedy of the Snake River Commons The law locks up both man and woman Who steals a goose from off the commons But let’s the greater felon loose Who steals the commons from the goose.                                ...
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Sep07

It’s time to speak up for salmon

ACTION REQUIRED – PLEASE SPEAK UP BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! BPA has raised power rates 28% in the last eight years! They don’t want to recognize that breaching the four Lower Snake River dams will help REDUCE the cost of power. What’s worse is that...
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Aug23

Dear Cathy McMorris Rodgers

July 12, 2017   Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U. S. House of Representatives (WA-05) Jaime Herrera Beutler, U. S. House of Representatives (WA-3) Dan Newhouse, U.S. House of Representatives (WA-4) Kurt Schrader, U. S. House of Representatives (OR-05) Greg...
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