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Stay up to date on what’s happening with salmon, resident orcas and the work to advocate for breaching the lower Snake River dams. You’ll also get advance notice of events, rallies, media releases, TweetStorms and PhoneStorms.
Learn the Facts
Dam Breaching Essentials gets you started.
Videos & Audios
Patagonia’s “Free the Snake” video provides a great overview of the biologic, economic, and cultural reasons why the four lower Snake River dams must be breached. (7m) 6.28.16
Presenting the Case for Breaching the Corps’ Lower Snake River Dams by Jim Waddell (52m). Jim’s Presentation Slides and Lower Snake River SCORECARD handout. 5.4.2016
KEXP Seattle, On-Air Interview with Jim Waddell (28m) 5.21.2016
KONP News Radio, On-Air Interview with Jim Waddell (17m) 3.2.2017 His talk begins about half way through this hour long program at the 28 min 30 sec mark. Discussion about the four Lower Snake River Dams includes; the economics, benefits of a free flowing river, hydropower oversupply, navigation decline, costs of dam maintenance, fish mortality, regional leadership, endangered Southern Resident orcas and more!
Whale Scout podcast with Jim Waddell, An update on the lower Snake River dams. (~30m, begins at 6m 50s) 4.20.2017
Struggle for the Snake, 1971 A fascinating look backward in time to understand why we ended up with four deadbeat dams on the Snake River; illuminating and revealing. Although many fought to save and preserve the natural treasures of the region, many others fought to demonstrate engineering prowess while ignoring the consequences. Courtesy of the archives at Washington State University. (28m)
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Reach out to Elected Officials and Federal Agencies
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 the pro-dam lobby and sympathetic politicians in the Northwest have already convinced many Public Utilities in Washington & Oregon to support a radical and misguided House Resolution 3144 now being reviewed & evaluated in congress. Approval of HR 3144 would force administrators to keep the dams, regardless of the science. If your own power rates and wild salmon are important to you, you must ACT NOW. This is one of those times when public outcry can actually make an impact, so please learn more & take action.
Get contact information for your elected officials and ask them to support breaching LSR dams by connecting with the US Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington DC.
Tweet your support for dam breaching daily! TweetSheets are designed to make tweeting so easy that many can be sent with a very short investment of your time.
Public support in favor of breaching the four lower Snake River dams has reached a boiling point. In the past two years alone, an estimated 200,000+ people have signed petitions or emailed their elected officials.
Follow the on-going CRSO / NEPA Process
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bonneville Power Administration, are preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Columbia River System operations and configurations for 14 federal projects in the interior Columbia Basin. This includes the four lower Snake River dams. The public comment period ended February 7th, 2017. Comments solicited to help the agencies identify issues and concerns that could be analyzed in the EIS are available at the very bottom of this CRSO page. CRSO’s planning process alone has a target completion date in 2021. Key message to these agencies: breach the LSR dams beginning 2017 because Snake River salmon and steelhead will not survive a 5 year or longer CRSO / NEPA process. Here’s more information about the process and how it relates to Snake River salmon and steelhead.
Donate to pay for 1) help from agricultural, recreational and transportation economists and fisheries biologists who will research and describe impacts, 2) travel to and from Washington DC for advocacy, and 3) near-term help to coordinate the work and multimedia communication campaign. As the breaching work begins, government funding for dam maintenance & operations can be shifted to other far more beneficial water resource projects that add value to the Nation and are in need of funding.