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How Much Does Little
Value Idaho Salmon?

by Frank Peter De Luca
Times-News, November 8, 2019

In this 2013 aerial file photo, the Ice Harbor Dam
on the Snake Ri ver is seen near Pasco, Washington (Bob Brawdy / Associated Press). 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:

Nonetheless, if the dams are not removed, Idaho's endangered salmon are almost certain to go extinct. Dam removal advocates are not advocating the removal of all Columbia River dams -- only the four dams on the lower Snake River. Gov. Little has said he values Idaho's iconic salmon. Now is the time to prove it.

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.

Frank Peter De Luca, Hailey
How Much Does Little Value Idaho Salmon?
Times-News, November 8, 2019

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