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.
How to Take Action
If you live in Washington State, you have opportunities to speak out for your regional wildlife through the Lower Snake River Dams Stakeholder Process.
Share your perspective on salmon recovery with Governor Inslee via this questionnaire:
Comment deadline: Jan. 24 at 5:00 pm.
Attend a public workshop to learn more about the Lower Snake River Dams report:
Format: Presentation of the draft report findings followed by a panel discussion representing different interests.
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, program starts at 6:30 pm, and ends at 8:30 pm, followed by 30 minutes or more of informal conversations.
January 7th – Clarkston
Quality Inn & Suites and Quay Convention Center
700 Port Drive, Clarkston, WA 99403
January 9th – Vancouver
Washington State University Vancouver – Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN)
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686-9600
January 13th – Tri Cities
Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center
2525 North 20th Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301