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Removing the Dams

by Robert Callihan
Lewiston Tribune, February 22, 2023

Graphic: Survival of juvenile salmon from the Washington/Idaho border to beyond Bonneville Dam has averaged around 50% survival.  In other words, half of them die while migrating through the federal hydropower system. Gregg Servheen's "We can do this" column with 63 signatories (Daily News,, Feb. 16) says removing the four lower Snake River dams will affect "some" businesses and people" and that impacts will be "local and temporary." That certainly doesn't reflect testimony to the contrary published in numerous lengthy articles in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and many other prominent news sources.

And the "63 professional resource scientists and managers with more than 2,000 years of combined experience" signing his letter have presented nothing but assertions that removing the dams would result in increased salmon runs. That's not even good theory.

Robert Callihan, Potlatch
Removing the Dams
Lewiston Tribune, February 22, 2023

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