Four dams have pushed salmon in the Snake River – once the most prolific salmon-producing river in the Columbia River Basin – to the brink of extinction. Snake River salmon are sacred to Tribal Nations across the region and are the keystone species for ecosystems from the Salish Sea in Washington to the lower Columbia River estuary to the mountain streams of north-central Idaho. By removing the four dams on the lower Snake River and replacing their services, the Northwest has an unprecedented opportunity to restore Snake River salmon to healthy, harvestable levels, honor our commitments and treaties with Northwest tribes, create jobs for rural economies across the region and modernize the infrastructure of the Pacific Northwest. The region’s congressional delegation and the Biden administration must take action to develop and implement a plan to remove the dams in an expedient fashion.
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