Orcas growing factor in Columbia River salmon management

Editorial The Daily Astorian Oct. 26, 2015 An unfortunate fact of life for orcas — and everything else that relies on salmon — is that runs fluctuate.         Iconic Northwest species enters our waters There was fascinating news last week about...
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Salmon/Orca advocates pan Walla Walla Corps Commander remarks about lower Snake River dam benefits

Dear Lt. Col. Vail: We write to express concern over comments written by or attributed to you 1) at the October 3rd Free the Snake Flotilla, 2) in recent letters-to-the editor, 3) in recent news articles, and 4) on the Corps of Engineers’ current website....
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New alliance has big goals for salmon, orca recovery

By Kimberly Cauvel Skagit Valley Herald Oct. 16 2015 Even with Endangered Species Act protection, two iconic Salish Sea species are struggling, and a newly formed alliance is calling attention to their plight. Read more…
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Idaho’s Wild Salmon and Steelhead are in Peril

By Chris Wood CEO Trout Unlimited (This article appeared in the Oct. 9 2015 edition of the Idaho Statesman) Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead are in trouble. Scientists say that at least 2 percent of the young fish migrating to the sea (smolts) must...
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The Hydropower Methane Bomb No One Wants to Talk About

By Gary Wockner EcoWatch Oct. 6 2015 As we stood on our boards and paddled away from the cove at Malpais and turned south past the wave-break, I felt a rush of what Costa Ricans call pura vida—“pure life.” Read more… Read a recent EPA report...
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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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