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The scientific case for the Lower Snake

The facts

Q.) What is the current state of salmon and steelhead populations? 

Q.) What does salmon and steelhead “recovery” mean and who decides? 

Q.) What impacts do dams have on Snake River salmon and steelhead? 

Q.) How do you measure the impact of dams on fish populations? 

Q.) What is a smolt-to-adult ratio and why is it important?

Q.) Is it possible to recover salmon and steelhead without removing the dams? 

Q.) Why is the Snake River Basin the right place to make this kind of investment? 

Q.) Can we restore Snake River salmon and steelhead by improving habitat?

Q.) What role does climate change play in the debate over removing the four Lower Snake dams?  

Q.) Aren’t ocean conditions the primary cause of the decline? 

Q.) Are there other benefits to restoring a free-flowing river? 

Q.) Why can’t we just release more hatchery fish to solve the problem?

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