Video


Hope for Orcas: Orca researcher Ken Balcomb and an Urgent Call to Action and Jim Waddell, UW-Tacoma William Philip Hall     5.17.201819m 57s38m 35s

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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

Policy Considerations Summary, March 2016

Two Tier NEPA Immediate Breach paper, 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

Nationwide screenings of Patagonia-produced documentary film DamNation have stirred spirits and educated a growing number of Americans, who see the film as a call to action.

The film makes a convincing case that revisiting some of America’s aging infrastructure—and removing some of it—only makes good sense for people, the economy and fisheries.  For its majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries about dam culture in America it is well worth seeking out.  The film captures statements made by Jim Waddell (a civil engineer retired from the Army Corps of Engineers) at a community meeting about the Lower Snake River dams.


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

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.