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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

The Columbia and Snake rivers of the Pacific Northwest once hosted the world's greatest wild salmon runs, with up to 16 million fish each year. Today, it is the most heavily dammed river system on Earth. In fact, four dams on the lower Snake River are driving all remaining Snake River salmon toward extinction. Southern Resident orcas, which rely on these salmon as a primary food source, are starving as a result. Less than 80 of these unique marine mammals are left.

Tell them it is time remove the four lower Snake River dams to ensure a future in the wild for salmon and orcas.

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Dear Administrator Mainzer, Commander Spellmon, and Director Lee,

Endangered Southern Resident orcas depend on wild salmon as their primary food source. You can't recover orcas without talking about salmon. And you can't recover salmon in the Pacific Northwest without talking about the four outdated, salmon-killing dams on the lower Snake River.

Scientists have concluded that the single best thing we can do to save wild salmon in the region is to take down these four lower Snake River dams. You must consider this alternative fully and fairly in the court-ordered environmental impact statement you are preparing for managing the Columbia and Snake River dams.

Your analysis of this alternative must be based on the best available science about salmon and other species that depend on them, including endangered Southern Resident orcas. Your analysis must also fully account for the market and non-market economic costs and benefits of dam removal, including the 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.

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 — and preservation of our precious Southern Resident orca population is to remove the lower Snake River dams.

Thank you for your attention,

Petition Signatures


Feb 22, 2017 Lisa Wilhelm
Feb 22, 2017 Jannemieke de Groot
Feb 22, 2017 Katarzyna Flak
Feb 22, 2017 renato volo
Feb 22, 2017 Eva Passerini
Feb 22, 2017 Franziska Dankert
Feb 21, 2017 linda meyer
Feb 21, 2017 Jim Faulks
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) Save them all.
Feb 21, 2017 Wayne Langley
Feb 21, 2017 Manfred Knorr
Feb 21, 2017 maria carranza
Feb 21, 2017 Dora Dewitt
Feb 21, 2017 Emily Dodd
Feb 21, 2017 Henrietta Komras We "humans" are not human at all; depleting the earth and thinking we are the supreme species by destroying the other species and hogging all the earth's resources but the joke is on us; we will go extinct as we destroy Mother EArth Shame on us
Feb 21, 2017 Mary Salerno
Feb 21, 2017 Suzanne Salerno
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Tina Keeling
Feb 21, 2017 Deanna Ross
Feb 21, 2017 Alicia Bynum
Feb 21, 2017 Bonnie Gallik
Feb 21, 2017 amanda clausen
Feb 21, 2017 Judith Swain
Feb 21, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton WE know what needs to be done. The dams which prevent them from getting salmon need to be able to be BREACHED.
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Tammy Tillery
Feb 21, 2017 Ramona Fridley
Feb 21, 2017 Michelle Atkinson
Feb 21, 2017 andres helo
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Niccolette Blach
Feb 21, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Feb 21, 2017 oksana popovic
Feb 21, 2017 Erica Hill
Feb 21, 2017 Helene Szczepaniak
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 21, 2017 alexandr shcherba
Feb 21, 2017 Debra Carter
Feb 21, 2017 connie gomez
Feb 21, 2017 LILIANNE ROBERT
Feb 21, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 21, 2017 Warren Allely
Feb 21, 2017 Emese Herdlicska
Feb 21, 2017 kathi stage
Feb 21, 2017 Christiane Huard L'homme n'a aucun respect des animaux en causant leur destruction!Ca suffit!
Feb 21, 2017 Kate Elliott
Feb 21, 2017 Tara Gadney
Feb 21, 2017 Susan Muller
Feb 21, 2017 Timothy Gilmore Funny, the abject greed, cruelty and stupidity people will display for money from private interests. They would prostitute their own children for some greenbacks, so they'd think nothing of destroying vital parts of the oceans for profit.

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