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Save the Salmon by Removing Dams

by Jennifer Siler
Statesman Journal, November 17, 2008

I thoroughly enjoyed Henry Miller's Nov. 6 column, "Science, curiosity and the 2008 vote," though someone should tell him that the Bush administration has finally acknowledged that global warming is happening!

True to form, however, its latest biological opinion for Columbia and Snake River salmon doesn't actually propose to do anything about the devastating impacts that global warming will have on those fish.

Global warming may just finish the job that the hydrosystem has started of pushing our iconic Northwest salmon to extinction. Shouldn't we listen to scientists' opinions that the best way to recover salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers is to remove four costly and outdated dams on the lower Snake River that provide few benefits to our region?

Senator-elect Jeff Merkley thinks so and has stated that if the science says "take 'em out," then we should take them out. A welcome change indeed.

Jennifer Siler, Portland
Save the Salmon by Removing Dams
Statesman Journal, November 17, 2008

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