Orcas Need SALMON To Survive!
The Snake River & Salmon Are In Trouble
The Snake was once one of the greatest Chinook salmon producers in the world and provided abundant salmon, sustaining hundreds of species from humans to killer whales. Salmon runs there have dropped below 3% of historical estimates. The four dams with their warm slack water reservoirs are killing what is left of these salmon and the river.
Costs to American taxpayers are in the millions of dollars each year but the dams no longer serve their intended purpose. Dam expenses outweigh benefits today by a ratio of 6 to 1 and costs are expected to increase significantly over time.
Southern Resident Killer Whales Are At Risk of Extinction
These iconic Orcas are endangered and at risk of extinction in the near future. Lack of Chinook salmon prey is a primary risk factor for them. Given the roaring success of rapid ecosystem regeneration demonstrated by the recent removal of two dams on the Elwha River, the same may be expected for the lower Snake. NOAA has shown that dam breaching by itself would likely lead to the recovery of lower Snake River fall Chinook.
A natural, free flowing, healthy river will reinvigorate the local economy with new recreational and agricultural opportunities in addition to providing pristine habitat for salmon and many other native plant, animal and fish species.
Decision Makers Need Information In Order To Help
The enormous workload to research and communicate about the breach plan and its’ economic and biological benefits cannot be completed by me and our volunteers alone.
Your donation will pay for 1) help from agricultural, recreational and transportation economists and fisheries biologists who will research and describe impacts, 2) travel to and from Washington DC for advocacy, and 3) near-term help to coordinate the work and multimedia communication campaign. As the breaching work begins, government funding for dam maintenance & operations can be shifted to other far more beneficial water resource projects that add value to the Nation and are in need of funding.
Local and regional political will is also a remaining roadblock to breaching the dams. And, every voice counts! Please visit this Dam Sense webpage to learn how you can make a difference. Like Dam Sense on Facebook and Follow @damsnse on Twitter.
PLEASE DONATE NOW!
The initial goal is $50,000 by April 1st and the remainder by June 1st. Be part of the solution to bring back Chinook salmon, save Southern Resident Killer Whales, bring new opportunities to communities and save the American taxpayer millions of dollars!
Jim Waddell, P.E. ...featured in the documentary DamNation
Civil Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers, Retired
At DamSense you can Get the Truth and Change the Vision for the four Lower Snake River dams.
Learn more about whales and salmon at SRKW Chinook Salmon Initiative.
Panel; Ed Chaney, Director, Northwest Resource Information Center, Rod Sando, former Executive Director of The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, Charles Pace, Portland Community College and James Waddell, former Deputy District Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers.