Snake River Restoration (ID, OR, WA)

:projects:ice_harbor_dam.jpgAt American Whitewater we view our river conservation and restoration work as critical to preserving the full experience our members enjoy on rivers. Our members spend many days or weeks every year on our nation's rivers and all elements of clean healthy rivers are important, including the biota that live there. We are now providing a voice for paddlers who value restoration of healthy salmon runs in the Snake and Salmon River systems, which are home to some of the greatest whitewater runs in the nation, and once home to the greatest salmon runs in the nation. In the time of Lewis and Clark, up to 16 million wild salmon returned to the Columbia and Snake River basins. Today, as few as ten thousand salmon return home to the Snake River.

Dams across the Pacific Northwest have fueled the regional economy for many decades, but they have also come at a tremendous cost both for our fishery resources and the opportunities to enjoy free-flowing rivers. Recognizing that some dams will continue to serve an important function and benefits to society, we feel it is time to take a critical look at the dams that provide only marginal societal benefit at extreme environmental cost. Dams on the Snake River fall into this category, and we have joined Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) to critically evaluate the future of these dams.

Founded in 1991, Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) is a nationwide coalition of conservation organizations, commercial and sport fishing associations, businesses, river groups, and taxpayer advocates - all joined in a commitment to restore Pacific Northwest wild salmon and the communities that depend on them. We believe the coalition's goal of removing the lower Snake River dams offers a unique opportunity to restore the Pacific Northwest's wild salmon and the rivers they depend on. A restored fishery and a restored river offer significant opportunities for river-based recreation providing local economic benefits.

Join the Free The Snake Flotilla (WA)–October 3rd

posted September 21, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Come out for the Free the Snake Flotilla in eastern Washington on Saturday, October 3rd! The rally is in support of removing the four lower Snake River dams. These four dams stand between salmon and their home waters, and are costing taxpayers millions of dollars to maintain while their benefits are in steep decline. Read on for more info on how you can join with fellow kayakers, salmon advocates, tribal members, anglers, outfitters, orca lovers, and business owners for a rally to free the Snake River!

The contacts below include staff and volunteers working on this project. Make sure you are logged in if you wish to join the group.

projects - Snake River Restoration (ID, OR, WA)

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Thomas O'Keefe Seattle WA Details...


  • Letter of support for the Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act (SEAPA).

  • This study applied the travel cost method to estimate demand for non angler recreation at the impounded Snake River in eastern Washington.

  • Opposition letter to anti-salmon rider in any must-pass legislation.

  • Letter to President Obama from AW regarding removal of Snake River Dams

  • Letter expressing concern with anti-salmon provision in the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008.

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