The worst Snake River salmon and steelhead returns in over 200 years.

We are experiencing some of our worst returns on record for both salmon and steelhead.  

The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that we need a free-flowing lower Snake River to recover Idaho’s salmon and steelhead. Over several decades, multiple transparent and high-integrity scientific assessments that included Tribal, federal, University and state agency scientists have come to this same conclusion. 

Over several decades, multiple transparent and high-integrity scientific assessments that included Tribal, federal, University and state agency scientists have come to this same conclusion. 

Unless we take bold action to change the current trajectory, these fish will continue to decline – and eventually go extinct. 

The time is now for the lower Snake

It is time for the lower four Snake River dams to come down. Tell our Northwest congressional delegation that we need them to lead on a robust economic development package that takes down the lower four dams and rebuilds our northwest economy. 

We can build new rail lines, new roads, and new water infrastructure. We can redevelop and create new economic opportunities for our state and the region. 

Lower Snake salmon and steelhead have no other options

Over the past 25 years, the Snake basin has averaged less than two returning adults for every 100 smolt. Biologists from Oregon and Idaho, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and various tribes estimate that Snake River dam breaching will increase smolt-to-adult return ratios by four times.

Taking out the four lower Snake River dams would return 140 miles of habitat to a naturally functioning river and significantly reduce the time it takes for smolts to make it to the ocean.

The science is clear, dam removal is essential to recover Lower Snake salmon and Steelhead.

We cannot solve the salmon crisis with incremental steps. With the best available science and 40 years of hindsight, we must acknowledge that hatcheries, fish ladders, spills and barging and other billion-dollar band aids have failed to recover Snake River salmon and steelhead. Learn more about the only comprehensive and effective solution to save our wild salmon and steelhead. 

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