4 E. "Latest News"

Latest News:
For the third year in a row, fall chinook returning to the Snake River have set a new record. Data released by the Nez Perce Tribe shows that a new record of 9,345 redds, or gravel nests, were built by returning adults in the Snake River Basin between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon dams last year. The previous record was set in 2014 when 6,714 redds were counted. This new record coincides with the third highest adult Snake River fall chinook return (59,300) since the four lower Snake River dams were completed in 1975.
The success of the Snake River fall chinook program is the direct result of efforts to supplement existing Snake River fall chinook with biologically appropriate hatchery-reared fish.


"When you look at how well salmon did overall is this year, it's clear the approach of restoring critical fish habitat and improving dam passage is working," said Lorri Bodi, vice president of environment, fish and wildlife at BPA.


The Columbia Basin’s 2015 salmon season ended with a remarkable 2.3 million adult salmon passing Bonneville Dam on their up-river migration. Overall, this makes 2015 the second-strongest year for Columbia River salmon since the federal government built dams on the river nearly 80 years ago.

" Save Our Wild Salmon and other fish advocates have long argued that an
honest cost-benefit analysis of the lower Snake River dams would make an
economic case for dam breaching. "
" The number of fall chinook salmon returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River this year is the most since dams were constructed in the 1930s, the Bonneville Power Administration.  Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning in the Reach, which is the last free-flowing section of the Columbia in the United States."

Record Number of salmon return to Handford Reach ( Seattle Times, Nov 12 2015 )
" The BPA also said this year's fall chinook run on the greater Columbia and Snake river system is the second-best since counting began in 1938.  The BPA says about 1.2 million fish have returned to the rivers and their tributaries to spawn. "
“The groundswell that is occurring right now to remove the four dams is like nothing I’ve seen since 1998,” said Sam Mace, director of Save Our Wild Salmon.
"The four lower Snake River dams are equipped with fish ladders to ensure adults can reach prime spawning habitat. Each has state-of-the-art technologies to ensure young salmon travel safely downstream. Survival levels for young salmon at these dams are astounding, with 97 percent on average safely traversing each dam. This is akin to levels seen in river systems with no dams, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries."
" Patagonia's new strategy is to say that southern resident orcas are threatened because of the Lower Snake River Dams are 'reducing the salmon runs'. This is the biggest piece of crap argument of them all! "
Who are the Real Deadbeats? ( Daily Sun News, Oct 23 2015 )
" But this effort, like those in the past, isn’t about the fish. It’s about the money. It’s about control. And it’s literally about power.
" A coalition of environmentalists, Indian tribes and outdoor enthusiasts wants Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor dams breached. They were built in the 1960s and 1970s."

" It was the largest count for the date since at least 1939"
For the farmers and ranchers in the Pacific Northwest there is a connection to Orcas and the campaign to remove the Klamath River Dams which is showing up in Washington now.
"Thank you for your support of WDC’s efforts to recover the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.  Our campaign for the removal of the Klamath River dams, which would help the restoration of the Southern Residents’ favorite food – Chinook salmon - has been hugely successful, gathering over 10,000 signatures in support of the effort."