HOW CAN I HELP?
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.
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
KEXP Seattle, On-Air Interview with Jim Waddell (28m) 5.21.2016
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
Take Action & Speak Up, It’s Easy!
Reach out to Elected Officials and Federal Agencies
Submit comments online, call, tweet and write, demanding action to breach the dams. Reach out often because the squeaky wheel gets the grease and there is power when large numbers in the public speak out. It’s quick and easy using these links:
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. In addition, from time to time, we will encourage Facebook and Twitter followers to conduct TweetStorms, specifically targeted at Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, or The Press. But feel free to use these target TweetSheets any 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.