John Twa

John Twa


Starving Orcas and Snake River Dams

by Scott Herning Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative (This article appeared in the Oct. 14 2015 edition of The Journal of the San Juan Islands) Recently, a contingent of San Juan Islanders joined three hundred fishermen, Native Americans,...
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Free the Snake Flotilla scheduled for Oct. 3

On October 3 hundreds of Pacific Northwest residents are gathering to paddle on lower Granite Lake, the reservoir created by Lower Granite Dam, one of four destructive dams on the lower Snake River. All are welcome to join for this historic event. Click...
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Petitions seek citizen involvement to effect change on the lower Snake River

Two petitions are circulating this summer that can help bring about change for Northwest salmon, Puget Sound orcas and taxpayers whose dollars are being wasted supporting a broken status quo on the lower Snake River of eastern Washington. Though seeking...
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Cost analysis shows lower Snake dams will be an ongoing financial sinkhole

In its 2002 Lower Snake River Juvenile Salmon Migration Feasibility Report, the Walla Walla District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vastly understated the costs of maintaining and operating four dams on the lower Snake River in eastern Washington...
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Study finds rivers recover very fast when dams are removed

When dams come out, rivers heal and fish return–and it happens very fast. That’s according to a new study published this week in the journal Science. The study, co-authored by Forest Service Hydrologist Gordon Grant and U.S. Geological Survey...
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Patagonia ads take aim at lower Snake dams

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia took aim squarely at the lower Snake River’s four salmon-killing dams in ads released in Washington state newspapers April 23, 24 and 25. The ads, which feature the tagline “Don’t hold back,” show three completed...
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Port of Lewiston loses 100 percent of its container traffic

Commercial shipping on the lower Snake River continues to decline–dramatically. The Port of Lewiston confirmed yesterday and officially announced today that it was indefinitely suspending container shipments after an international shipper said it...
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Lewiston Tribune wonders: Will taxpayers dub the Port of Lewiston a Port to Nowhere?

The Lewiston Morning Tribune gleans what we’ve been saying all along: Decades of taxpayer waste are contributing to a failed system on the lower Snake River. The only fiscally responsible action at this point is to decommission four outdated dams...
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To save orcas, we must save salmon

This Seattle Times guest opinion from three of the leading orca researchers in the Pacific Northwest points to a longstanding problem that’s gaining visibility in 2015. Endangered southern Pacific orcas depend heavily on chinook salmon from the...
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Once more into the breach

The Lewiston Morning Tribune sat down with civil engineer and former Army Corps of Engineers employee Jim Waddell to dig into cost-benefit issues that enshroud the lower Snake River and its cost-heavy dams.
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