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Agrees with Little

by Marvin Entel
Lewiston Tribune, January 26, 2020

In retrospect, the number of returning adult salmon was relatively level from 1938 through 1990.  The precipitous loss of returning chinook entering the Snake River (Figure 20) accounts for a major share of the decline that has occurred in total return to the Columbia -- Artificial Production Review, NW Power & Conservation Council Gov. Brad Little was right when he told the Idaho Guides and Outfitters Association that removal of the four lower Snake River dams would not be on the table for discussion.

He had good reason to make this statement because two of the dams that are a major contributor to warm water and diminished wild fish runs are Dworshak and Hells Canyon.

Dworshak National Fish Hatchery was built to supply the native fish runs lost to the North Fork of the Clearwater and support additional fish lost to the Snake River dams. It does supply more fish than the loss from wild spawning. ...

The other dam is Hells Canyon, which again has no allowance for fish passage.

I don't believe we have a large hatchery on the Snake River other than those provided by the Nez Perce Tribe. That is why Oregon is against reauthorizing Hells Canyon dams until the fish passage question is addressed. Again the dams warm the water of the Snake.

I respect the outfitters association's desire to bring more wild fish to the rivers, but I don't believe any of them have experience with the fish runs on the Snake and Clearwater in the '50s and '60s. ...

I fished on the Snake from Wawawai to Steptoe Canyon during that time. ... There were fewer fish in the river then than there is now. ...

Why not just quit trying to destroy what my generation has built for the benefit of many vs. the few.

Marvin Entel, Clarkston
Agrees with Little
Lewiston Tribune, January 26, 2020

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