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Removing Snake River Dams
Has Immeasurable Value

by Mike Dahlstrom
East Oregonian, March 2, 2024

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 Growing up in Alaska, our family relied heavily on salmon as a staple. I also was raised to respect and honor the Indigenous members within our community.

The value of increasing efforts to remove the four lower Snake River dams is immeasurable. As a sport fisherperson, I recognize the value of bringing native salmon and steelhead back from the brink of extinction as a moral and ethical endeavor. Bringing back Indigenous rights to their cultural heritage and meeting the treaties is a regional and national obligation.

Mike Dahlstrom
Removing Snake River Dams Has Immeasurable Value
East Oregonian, March 2, 2024

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