Help save wild salmon and orcas

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Please take this opportunity to speak up for the removal of the outdated, harmful dams on Washington’s Snake River–wild salmon and orcas depend on a healthy, free-flowing river.

Wild salmon in Washington’s Snake River are on the brink of extinction. The critically endangered Southern Resident orcas get 80% of their diet from the salmon in the Columbia/Snake River system.

The dams are slowly killing off both the wild salmon and the orcas.

The importance of the lower Snake River dams for generating electricity has all but disappeared, and diminishes further with each passing year as cleaner renewables increasingly satisfy demand. The Northwest Power Planning Council concluded in 2010 that the region can meet its current and future energy needs without the power from these four dams.
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Federal agencies are seeking public input on a new management plan, and it’s critical that there is strong support for a free flowing lower Snake River!
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Use this form to leave a comment online (due by Jan 17):
http://www.crso.info/contact.html#comments

Below is some sample language, but PLEASE PERSONALIZE YOUR MESSAGE as best you can. You can even include the powerful statement, “This issue is personal for me because…” Make sure you include any relevant professional background if you have one (are you a scientist, engineer, etc).

Sample comment:
It’s past time to remove the four outdated, salmon-killing dams on the lower Snake River. This is an alternative you must consider fully and fairly in the court-ordered environmental impact statement you are preparing for managing the Columbia and Snake River dams.

Please base your analysis on the best available science about salmon and other species that depend on them, including endangered killer whales. I urge you to consider both the conservation benefits and the economic benefits of a restored river, and the money tax- and rate-payers will save if the dams go.

You must incorporate in your evaluation replacing the electricity from these dams with low-cost carbon-free power, not power from fossil fuels. And you must actually mitigate for the existing and future impacts of climate change on Snake River salmon.

Such an analysis will lead you to conclude that these dams must go. We don’t need them anymore–but we do need to bring back our irreplaceable wild salmon. The biggest step we can take on the path to salmon restoration in the Snake is to remove the lower Snake River dams. I urge you to develop a new plan that removes them.

*** Remember to post a reply here after you leave your comment so we can celebrate your efforts and track our impact. ***

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