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Nov17

The Case for Breaching the Four Lower Snake River Dams to Recover Wild Snake River Salmon

Prepared by: Carl Christianson, Biologist, retired USACE; Sharon Grace, Attorney; Jim Waddell, P.E., retired USACE This report was sent to the following officials in early November 2015: Senator Patty Murray Senator Maria Cantwell Governor Jay Inslee...
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Nov06

Save southern resident orcas while we can

The Olympian Letter to the Editor Christina M. Price, Rochester I just finished reading “Into Great Silence” by Eva Saulitis about a pod of 22 transient orcas that frequented Prince William Sound. The pod will become extinct in our lifetime because...
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Nov03

Newborn Orca ‘Baby Boom’ Depends Upon Our Breaching Deadbeat Dams

Brenda Peterson Huffington Post Blog “It’s rare with any endangered species to rejoice–but the birth of six new orca whale calves this year to the J, K, and L pods has the Pacific Northwest breaching for joy. In any culture, we celebrate...
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Nov03

Can a Fish Save a Whale?

Leda Huta Endangered Species Coalition “Yet they [Southern Resident Killer Whales] face a major problem — a lack of food. The mighty rivers of the West — including the Columbia Snake River watershed, a key source of Chinook — have...
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Oct30

The Fish Passage Center publishes a memo regarding 2015 Snake River water temperature data, management actions, and adult Sockeye passage

The Fish Passage Center (FPC) staff received two similar requests for summaries of water temperature data, management actions, and adult sockeye passage in 2015. One request was submitted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department...
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Oct30

What it will take to put dam breaching back on the table

Rocky Barker writes in the Idaho Statesman about how Snake River and Pacific Ocean changes could affect the politics of dam breaching.  Read the full article here.
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Oct30

letter from eight highly-respected Pacific Northwest fisheries scientists sent to NOAA’s West Coast Regional Administrator Will Stelle regarding Columbia Basin Salmon and Climate Change

On October 27th, 2015, eight highly-respected Pacific Northwest fisheries scientists responded to Will Stelle’s recent column in the Seattle Times titled “NOAA Fisheries embraces- not ignores- climate research”.   Read the full response...
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Oct30

Orca Advocates encourage Washington Senator Murray to support breaching of the lower snake river dams

On January 24th, 2015, orca advocates hand delivered a letter to Washington Senator Murray encouraging her to support the breaching of the four lower Snake River dams. Read the letter in full.
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Oct28

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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Oct27

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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