How Much Does Little
by Frank Peter De Luca
Gov. Little says he appreciates the value of Idaho salmon, but he has told the Salmon Study Group that dam removal is off the table. However, if the lower Snake River dams were removed, the following would happen:
Scientists have said that a return rate of smolts to adults must be between 2% to 6% to avoid extinction. These are Idaho's salmon we are talking about, although the dams that are killing them are outside of Idaho. Idaho's governor needs to demand a return rate of smolts to adults of no less than 2% and, better yet, 6% to protect our Idaho salmon.
Every problem created by dam removal has an available solution. But refusing to act or to remove the lower Snake dams will create an unsolvable problem -- extinction. Extinction is simply unacceptable. Idaho's iconic salmon must be saved.
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