Remove Outdated Dams That Are Killing Wild Salmon

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Target: Lorri Lee, Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation

Goal: Remove the four outdated dams on the lower Snake River that are killing wild salmon.

Four expensive and outdated dams on the lower Snake River have caused a 90 percent decline in the river’s wild salmon population. One of the reasons why the dams are so devastating to the salmon population is because they trap the salmon in slack-water reservoirs, preventing them from migrating. Plus, due to climate change, these reservoirs are overheating, leading to death and disease in the salmon population. Removing the dams will give salmon access to both their natural migratory route and cold, free-flowing water.

Salmon are also an important part of the Pacific Northwest’s ecosystem. They are a critical food source for a number of animals, including endangered orcas in the Columbia Basin. By blocking off wild salmons’ migratory route, the dams are causing starvation in the orca population.

These salmon-killing dams are unnecessary in the modern world.  The dams generate just three percent of the Pacific Northwest’s electricity. To replace this, carbon-free energy alternatives can be used with no economic impact. The dams are also used for barge transportation, but this has declined 70 percent over the past 20 years. There are many other alternatives to barge transportation that can easily be used, like rail services. These dams have little purpose in today’s world, but they’re still costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

For the good of the Pacific Northwest’s wild salmon population, the four outdated dams on the lower Snake River must be removed. Sign this petition to show that you want the endangered wild salmon population to be able to follow their nature migratory route.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Lee,

The four outdated dams on the lower Snake River have had a devastating effect on the river’s wild salmon population. The dams have blocked off the salmon’s natural migratory route, and they have trapped the salmon in slack-water reservoirs. These reservoirs overheat, causing rampant death and disease in the salmon population. The decline in the salmon population has also led to starvation in the orca population in the Columbia Basin.

The dams are unnecessary in the modern world. They produce very little electricity, and they are also infrequently used for barge transportation. But even though these dams do very little, they still cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

The four lower Snake River dams serve little purpose today, but they have a devastating effect on the wild salmon that they trap in reservoirs. I urge you to consider removing these dams, giving wild salmon the access to their migratory routes that they desperately need.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Barnett says:

    If the Snake River dams have served very little purpose for so long, why have they not been removed before now? Surely to goodness, it makes sense to remove these dams, not only for man’s benefit, but also the wild salmon. Action is needed to take the necessary steps to put the wheels in motion to remove these redundant dams as quickly as is feasible. Lessons must be learnt from our mistakes, and it is obvious that these dams are certainly that!

  2. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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