Join the conversation about removing the lower Snake River dams!
Scientists have told us for many years that restoring the lower Snake River by removing its dams is essential in order to protect and rebuild its endangered salmon and steelhead populations, help feed starving orcas, and restore the benefits these native fish deliver to people and ecosystems across the Northwest. With thousands of miles of pristine, protected habitat upstream from these dams, this is an incredible river and salmon restoration opportunity.
This fall, Governor Inslee began an important project in Washington State to interview stakeholders and gather information about the lower Snake River dams, salmon, and communities to better understand people’s perspectives and to identify the kinds of transitions that will be needed if/when we remove the four lower Snake River dams.
Here’s what’s happening in December and January - and how to get more involved:
(1) Fill out the lower Snake River questionnaire: An online questionnaire asks questions and seeks comments about the lower Snake River and its roles and importance for salmon recovery and communities. Comment deadline: Jan. 24 at 5:00 pm.
(2) Attend a public workshop in Vancouver on Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The Governor’s office is hosting three public workshops in early January to present the draft report, hear from select stakeholders, and encourage citizen dialogue on these important issues.
Location: Washington State University Vancouver
Dengerink Administration Building (VDEN), Room 110
6:00 pm: Doors to Workshop Room open (VDEN room 110)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Presentation on Draft Stakeholders Report and Panelists
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Unstructured time to workshop end
(3) Submit your comments on the Draft Report: On Dec. 20, Governor Inslee’s team released a draft report based on interviews and fact-finding. Residents in the state of Washington have until Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. to submit written comments by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Draft LSRD Report’ in the subject line
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