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Provide website visitors with an explanation of how the Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion will bring about the recovery of Idaho's Sockeye Salmon and receive one thousand dollars from the non-profit organization

The offer has gone unclaimed under the plan submitted by the previous administration. "Recovery" was previously defined by bluefish as bringing about a 1:1 adult-to-adult return ratio. NOAA Fisheries' Brian Gorman stated that this standard was possibly too strict and that would explain why the reward has yet to be claimed.

"Recovery" is now defined by bluefish as the de-listing of Idaho's Sockeye from Endangered Species Act protection. This new standard along with a legally defensible Biological Opinion will allow for the reward to be claimed promptly. The general public as well as all federal, state and tribal biologists are eligible for the reward.

At Issue

Salmon in the Classroom produces winning art in the fifth grade (2008), sponsored by Washington Wheat Commission. In southeastern Washington State, the four Lower Snake River dams provide:
  • irrigation for 13 farms on 37,000 acres,
  • 4% of the region's electricity in an average water year,
  • taxpayer-supported shipping of 4 million tons of commodities,
  • and quarter billion dollars annual revenue for the U.S. government.
Before western man arrived to the Pacific Northwest,
  • Redfish Lake, Idaho hosted some 25,000 adult sockeye salmon every year.
  • In 1998, only one Sockeye returned to Redfish Lake.
  • Throughout the 1990's, a total of twenty-three Sockeye adults returned.

While the facts seem stark and simple the questions and meanings run much deeper.

Map showing location of 4 lower Snake River dams and reservoirs being considered for removal

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate an open and honest dialogue concerning the plight of Idaho's wild Salmon and Steelhead. The fate of these fish will largely be determined by government agencies and the authorizations and funding that they receive from Congress. It is hoped that the growing library of news & reports will assist the public and these decision-makers in making well-informed choices regarding the recovery of Idaho's anadromous fish.

Our library is organized into five basic categories

Numerical data in tables Economic and dam related articles Commentaries and editorials Ecology and salmon related articles Geometric ideas and concepts

A sample from People & Thoughts

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's View

"If we want to recover salmon, and we don't want to breach the dams, then we are going to have to step up to the plate. Delay is not an alternative, or we are going to start losing these runs."

The alternative plan, labeled "aggressive non-breach," calls for leaving the dams in place while implementing significant steps that include restoration of streams where salmon spawn, reform of hatcheries to reduce harm to wild fish by hatchery-born fish, (restoration of the Columbia River estuary) and increased fishing restrictions. The federal plan says breaching should again be considered if specific goals are not met by 2003, 2005 and 2008.

-- by Jonathan Brinckman, The Oregonian (more)

A sample from Dams & Economics

The Federal Government's Current View

Much of the regional debate has focused on removal of Snake River dams.
  • There is continuing scientific uncertainty about whether breaching dams is necessary to achieve recovery and considerable uncertainty about whether it will do the job.
  • Only Snake River fish benefit from breaching, with no benefit to eight other listed populations.
  • Dam removal would require explicit congressional authorization, and, once authorized, cannot be implemented on a short time frame.
  • And its high cost may prejudice other actions needed throughout the Basin.
The option of Snake River drawdown therefore appears to rank as a lower priority at this time than other available options because of the long time to implement, narrow benefits, biological uncertainties and high costs.

-- Conservation of Columbia Basin Fish, July 27, 2000 (more)

A sample from Salmon & Ecologics

Salmon Support 137 Other Species

More than 137 species of fish and wildlife - from orcas to caddisflies - depend on the Northwest salmon for their survival, a revelation that makes salmon recovery efforts of far greater importance than the protection of a single species.

A new report released by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has found that salmon play a vital role in watershed health, transporting nutrients from the ocean back to the watershed.

The discovery could spark major changes in fishery and hatchery management and the direction of salmon recovery efforts in the future.

"It's not just salmon, it's the ecosystem," said Jeff Cederholm, a salmon research scientist with Washington Department of Natural Resources, principal author of the report. "We need to start giving out the whole story of what made the ecosystem; it's an abundance of fish on the spawning grounds."

-- Environmental News Network, July 6, 2000 (more)

A sample from Newton & Numbers

Mortality in the Hydrosystem Corridor
Downstream Migration of Juvenile Fish

Juvenile Salmon Average (1994-1999)
Direct Mortality Fall Chinook Spring Chinook Steelhead
Columbia/Snake Dams
(8 dams)
12% 20% 17%
Columbia/Snake Reservoirs
(8 reservoirs)
81% 40% 41%
Lower Snake River
(4 dams & 4 reservoirs)
72% 30% 29%
Columbia River
(4 dams & 4 reservoirs)
21% 30% 29%
Columbia/Snake Rivers
(8 dams & 8 reservoirs)
93% 60% 58%
Indirect Mortality ? ? ?

Source: National Marine Fisheries Service, 12/21/00 (more data at dampool.htm)

Map of some major Columbia & Snake River Dams

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