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Fish Not Extinct

by Marvin J. Entel
Lewiston Tribune, March 6, 2022

The lower Snake River was never a prime producer of spawning areas for steelhead and salmon.

Graphic: Wild Chinook runs to the Lower Snake River as counted at the highest dam in place at the time. (1961-2020) Citizens for the Preservation of Fish and Dams have it right. The lower Snake River was never a prime producer of spawning areas for steelhead and salmon. Why do you think they named the Salmon River for salmon? It is one of the prime producers of wild fish.

The 10-year average fish count as it reaches Lower Granite Dam is not much different from the count at Ice Harbor, the first dam on the Snake. The fish count at McNary, the last dam on the Columbia River before the Snake, was 131,333.

The fish count at Ice Harbor Dam was 98,604.

That leaves 32,729 heading further up the Columbia and 92,712 reaching past Lower Granite to head up the Snake.

So tell me: Are the lower Snake River dams causing the fish to become extinct or is some group trying to brainwash you into thinking something different than actual facts?

(bluefish: see excerpts from the 15-month old, $80 million, BPA funded, CRSO Environmental Impact Statement below.)
If Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray study the facts, there are 22 hydropower dams on the Snake River. Fifteen are in Idaho. Three are on the Idaho/Oregon border and none of them have fish ladders. The four in Washington have state-of-the-art fish ladders. These dams produce more than 1,100 megawatts of electricity and water withdrawals that irrigate 3.8 million acres.

John McKern, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, wrote in 2015 "Overharvest and loss of spawning habitat due to upstream dams and human activities occurred before the lower Snake River dams were built. ... "

Related Pages:
Agrees with Little by Marvin Entel, Lewiston Tribune, 1/26/20
Save Our Lakes by Marvin J. Entel, Lewiston Tribune, 2/3/19

Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement
Executive Summary (page 29) Record of Decision September 29, 2020

Multi-Objective 3 (MO3 was developed to evaluate the effects of breaching the four lower Snake River dams . . . Fish modeling for MO3 predicts the highest benefits among all of the alternatives for ESA-listed salmon in the Snake River and could, in the long-term, provide additional riverine type recreational opportunities.

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Both salmon and steelhead models, CSS and the LCMs, align in their prediction that MO3 would have the highest potential benefits for Snake River salmon and steelhead.

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Model estimates for MO3 showed the highest predicted potential smolt-to-adult returns (SARs) for Snake River salmon and steelhead among the alternatives.

Marvin J. Entel, Clarkston
Fish Not Extinct
Lewiston Tribune, March 6, 2022

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