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Irrigators Muddy Snake River Issue

by David P. Sisk
Tri-City Herald, May 23, 2019

Juvenile Salmonid Survival from Lower Granite dam tailrace to Bonneville dam tailrace (1998-2017).  Chinook on the left and Steelhead on the right of graphic. Recent full-page solicitations by the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association in the Herald addressing Snake River dams are a blatant attempt to obfuscate the Snake River salmon issue. Their tabloid-inspired postured language makes it clear that they solely wish to convince us their self interests are above all else.

There is no question that circumventing the Snake River dams would make it immensely easier for salmon to reach their spawning areas. The Irrigation cartels will get their water regardless, they always do. The Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce and other tribes have only memories of what the Idaho Salmon once was, and should have their due instead of being marginalized, as has been the past.

We can find a way.

Related Pages:
What the Dams Provide Can Be Replaced. Idaho's Wild Fish Would Be Gone Forever. by David Cannamela, Idaho Statesman, 5/24/19

David P. Sisk, Richland
Irrigators Muddy Snake River Issue
Tri-City Herald, May 23, 2019

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