SJM 8004 attempts to prevent breaching of 4 LSR dams

A dangerous Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 8004) has been introduced and passed by the Washington state senate in 2017.  It has not been passed by the house, where it will hopefully die.  The Memorial seeks to have certain federal officials prevent the...
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“Green-ness” of barging on the lower Snake River in question

Inland barging, like that which takes place on the Columbia and lower Snake Rivers, has been advertised as the greenest form of transportation of goods from inland ports.  Comparisons with rail and truck show less fossil fuel consumption by barges and...
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2017… New year, new challenges

In 2002, after conducting a seven year, $33 million dollar comprehensive study, the Army Corps of Engineers found that breaching the four lower Snake River dams had the highest probability of meeting the government’s salmon survival and recovery criteria....
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The ‘prosperity’ from Lower Snake River dams

Opinion piece in the Moscow/Pullman Daily News His View: The ‘prosperity’ from Lower Snake River dams By Linwood Laughy Nov 7, 2016  In 1973 residents of Idaho’s Clearwater Valley were told their prospects for prosperity rose with each...
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Let’s take advantage of a fleeting opportunity

The recent election has emboldened many who believe in big dam thinking, continuance of fossil fuel and dirty energy source exploitation. Visible push back from some elected officials, some press and some editorials in dam country is emerging with a vengeance....
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A message from Jim Waddell about the 2016 election results… and endangered salmon and orcas

Given last night’s election results many of you may have laid down arms and think it is all over for getting these dams down. Trump as president was not an unforeseen obstacle although it certainly makes it tougher. But let’s keep our eyes on the...
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Getting the word out about the critical relationship between orcas and dams

As you all know by now, the death of J28 Polaris has been announced by the Center for Whale Research and the probable death of J54 Dipper is nearly certain. For such a solemn announcement, it was important to have a large number of press to understand...
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Press Conference for the Orcas- 1 PM Friday, October 28th 2016

Please attend this important PRESS CONFERENCE regarding the Puget Sound orcas. This is a press conference being put on by The Center for Whale Research.  Ken Balcomb, Deborah Giles, Howard Garrett, Carol Ray and Jeff Ventre will all be in attendance....
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A message from Jim Waddell about the Chinook salmon season closure

Jim’s message is in response to this Oregon Fish and Wildlife Facebook post: Folks, once again the Feds have got you guys blaming each other, sea lions, birds, you name it.  There is a solution waiting in the wings that the Corps of Engineers,...
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Oregon and Washington Fish and Game Close Chinook season early

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Facebook post. CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational salmon and steelhead fishing will close starting Saturday on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Hwy. 395 Bridge near Pasco, Wash., under rules adopted today by fishery managers...
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