Idaho’s rivers used to teem with wild salmon and steelhead- but dams constructed along the Snake River have decimated our once vibrant ocean-running fisheries. The good news is that you now have the opportunity to advocate for recovery of wild salmon and steelhead in Idaho waters and restore more than 140 miles of the Snake River.
This May, for the fifth time in 20 years, a US District Court ruled against the Federal agencies’ plan for recovering wild salmon and steelhead, finding it in violation of both the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Snake River sockeye were first listed as endangered in 1991, and the four Lower Snake River dams remain the greatest obstacle in preventing a trend toward recover for the species. The Federal agencies charged with protecting endangered wild salmon and steelhead are being forced back to the drawing board to come up with a new plan. The US District Court ruled that compliance with the law “may well require consideration of breaching, bypassing, or removing one or more of the four Lower Snake River dams.” The opinion added that, “current efforts have already cost billions of dollars, yet they are failing.”
Scientists have said that removing the four dams on the lower Snake River is the best and potentially only avenue to ensure the species survival. Please join us in speaking up for our wild salmon and urge the agencies to include the breaching the four Lower Snake River dams in their analysis.
As the first step in the process, there will be 15 Public Scoping Hearings throughout the northwest. This is the first opportunity in over a decade for the public to weigh in on the next plan to ensure that the federal agencies get it right this time.
Please consider attending and speaking for our salmon at one of the upcoming hearings in your area:
Priest River: Wed, October 26th 4-7pm at Priest River Community Center 5399 Hwy 2
Bonners Ferry: Thurs, Oct 27th 4-7pm at Kootenai River Inn Casino & Spa 7169 Plaza St.
Spokane: Mon, Nov 14th 4-7PM at the Historic Davenport Hotel 10 S. Post St.
Or Submit Your Comments by January 17, 2017:
US Army Corp of Engineers, Northwestern Division
Attn: CRSO EIS
PO Box 2870
Portland, OR 97208-2870