Presentations & Video


Ken Balcomb “I am not going to count them to zero, at least not quietly”.  (1m 26s)  3.20.2018)

Interview regarding dewatering/breaching the 4 dams on the lower Snake River. Jim Waddell, CE/PE, Retired US Army Corps of Engineers & Damnation movie cast member is interviewed by Jeffrey Ventre MD, of Blackfish.  (27 min) 2.27.2018

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite comments on Jim Waddell’s letter at the Chief’s Environmental Advisory Board meeting in Pittsburgh, October 2016. (29m, reference to letter from Mr Waddell begins at 3m:15s)

Supporting documentation;

Letter from Jim Waddell to Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, June 2016 June 2016

Policy Considerations Summary, March 2016  March 2016

Two Tier NEPA Immediate Breach paper, September 2016  September 2016

Patagonia video “Free the Snake:  Restoring America’s Greatest Salmon River” featuring Jim Waddell, lays out the reasons why the four lower Snake River dams must be breached (7m 29s).  6.28.16

Presenting the Case for Breaching the Corps’ Lower Snake River Dams  Jim Waddell lays out the entire case and urgency for breaching in this informative pre-packaged program.  Here’s a big opportunity for you to help; show the video at special interest group meetings, to your book club and to your friends!  THE GOAL:  increase call volume to elected officials by viewers compelled to act (52m) 5.4.2016      Presentation Slides  5.4.2016

Lower Snake River:  Harvesting The Wind  PSE’s newest and largest wind-power operation is the Lower Snake River Wind Facility. Located in Southeast Washington near Pomeroy, Garfield County, this energy project builds on the success of our Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility in adjacent Columbia County, and our Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility in Kittitas County. Completed in early 2012, the Lower Snake River project contains 149 wind turbines that produce up to 343 megawatts of renewable energy. On average, the facility generates enough electricity to power 100,000 homes, while also contributing to the local economy.  (27m 24s) 8.21.2017

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) 1971


Whale Scout podcast with Jim Waddell,  An update on the lower Snake River dams. (~30m, begins at 6m 50s) 4.20.2017

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!

Music video River of No Return published by Ray Uriarte  (3m 46s) 9.19.2016

KEXP Seattle, On-Air Interview with Jim Waddell; Breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams (28m)  5.21.2016

Music and video Let the River Run Free by Bruce Coughlan  (3m 38s) 9.17.16


NorthWest River Restoration (NWRR) Symposium Briefing, by Jim Waddell   2.2018

Orca, Salmon and the four Lower Snake River Dams, by Jim Waddell    2.3.2018

Presenting the Case for Breaching the Corps’ Lower Snake River Dams by Jim Waddell    5.4.2016

Working to breach Lower Snake River dams to save millions of tax dollars annually, bring wealth & jobs to a region and restore salmon runs which will increase prey availability for southern resident orcas.