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Dams and Salmon

by Odos Lowery
Idaho Statesman, August 17, 2017

Kuneki family fishing the Columbia River. (Photo credit: CRITFC) Once again our Idaho sockeye salmon are in danger, only three have returned to Redfish Lake. Once again the reason is the four dams on the Lower Snake River, which hold our Idaho fish hostage.

Can you imagine if those four dinosaurs were bypassed and the river restored? An abundance of fish, 144 miles of orchards, vineyards and truck gardens. Can you imagine putting a raft in at Hells Canyon Dam and floating to the Tri-Cites and taking a jet boat back? The Wild River and then wine tasting and great riverside venues.

Our fish brought prosperity to our river towns and they brought essential nutrients from the ocean back to our forest and grasslands.

I am offering a challenge to our Idaho young people; take up this fight and get your fish back.

Odos Lowery, Boise
Dams and Salmon
Idaho Statesman, August 17, 2017

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