Finding Common Ground, Share Solutions for Lower Snake River Salmon, Communities

Seeking Salmon Solutions

Our shared interests in Washington and throughout the Columbia and Snake River Basins are greater than the issues that divide us. In fact, a new report from Governor Jay Inslee offers Washingtonians an opportunity to show how we can maintain affordable clean energy, recover salmon and other wildlife, promote prosperity throughout the lower Snake River Basin, and restore our river ecosystems.

The fact is wild salmon, steelhead and wildlife, from the Pacific Coast to eastern Idaho, are struggling. From climate change to low flows to migration problems caused by dams to overharvesting, these iconic fish are facing unprecedented challenges and are barreling toward extinction.

We urgently need to rethink how we’re approaching this critical ecosystem and find collaborative solutions before it’s too late.

Through this draft report and stakeholder process, Governor Inslee has taken a much-needed step, allowing us to take an honest look at how we’ve managed the Snake River and the true cost of declining salmon runs to our regional communities, upriver, downriver and on the coast.

If there is one thing that’s clear, we don’t have to choose between saving our salmon, keeping clean energy within reach, power bills affordable, or our rivers healthy. We can restore the Lower Snake River, return salmon to the headwaters of the Columbia River Basin, and support equitable and sustainable economic opportunities throughout the Northwest.

Courtesy of Earthjustice.

How to Take Action

Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that conservation of the Snake River must include solutions to restore abundant salmon runs.

Take Action!