Saving the Salmon, Saving Ourselves - Washington Indivisible Podcast
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Saving the Salmon, Saving Ourselves - Washington Indivisible Podcast

If you've heard about the recent release of the draft report commissioned by Gov. Inslee and Sen. Murray, you'll know that saving the salmon is on everyone's mind. And with good reason. Salmon are essential to our region–on our economy, our environment, and our cultural heritage--and their populations are threatened. Their potential loss would have a devastating effect, not least on our struggling Orca population, but especially on tribal nations in the Pacific Northwest whose lives and culture are inextricably linked to these fish populations. One of the more important efforts to save the salmon is focused on breaching four dams on the Snake River, something that was the subject of the draft report. Discussing all of this is an exceptional panel: Emily Washines— is an historian, educator, author and member of the Yakama Nation facilitating equitable history Dr. Helen Neville— is the senior scientist for Trout Unlimited, performing research, science guidance and public education on salmon and trout recovery Bryan Jones— is a 4th generation wheat grower, orchardist and salmon recovery advocate Marc Sullivan— is northwest Washington coordinator for the Save Our wild Salmon Coalition and formerly served as director of strategic and power supply planning for Seattle City Light. SHOW NOTES: - We need to comment on the draft report by July 11. - Because this is a federal issue, actions need to be directed to Governor Inslee and Senator Murray, who are developing a comprehensive plan. Comment by July 11 - You can comment directly to the consultants working with Governor Inslee and Senator Murray. - Online comments can be submitted through the project website: www.lsrdoptions.org. www.lsrdoptions.org/report-comments/ - Emailed comments can be sent to info@lsrdoptions.org with the email subject line “Draft LSRD Benefit Replacement Study.” - Comments also may be mailed to Draft LSRD Benefit Replacement Study c/o Ross Strategic, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 1600,Seattle, WA 98101. Comments are due by July 11. - You can also comment through WildSalmon.org’s website, where they have a comment form with sample text. - Go to WildSalmon.org, under the support us page is take action COMMENT LINKS: - Action alerts: www.wildsalmon.org/support-us/take…ion-alerts.html - Comment link: saveourwildsalmon.salsalabs.org/MIDraftRe…ndex.html - On the consultant’s site for the project: www.lsrdoptions.org/report-comments/ SUGGESTED COMMENT LANGUAGE: (provided by Don and the panelists) Right now the report’s tables only show the costs of breaching the dams with no table summarizing the costs of leaving the dams in place. Please provide a companion data table reflecting the costs of leaving the dams in place — which will provide a more accurate comparison of costs. There are other actions groups can take. Contact Don at snakeriverindivisible@gmail.com if you or your group want to get more involved.
Governor Inslee & Senator Murray PROMISE robust outreach to evaluate Lower Snake River dams.
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Governor Inslee & Senator Murray PROMISE robust outreach to evaluate Lower Snake River dams.

We need to tell President Biden to ORDER the Corps to begin breaching in 2022. The robust outreach promised by Senator Murray and Governor Inslee hasn’t happened. According to Inslee and Murray’s joint Press Release on 10/22/2021, in part: "Today we are announcing a joint federal-state process to determine whether there are reasonable means for replacing the benefits provided by the Lower Snake River Dams, sufficient to support breach as part of a salmon recovery strategy for the Snake River and the Pacific Northwest." "Between now and July, we will also engage in robust outreach to communities across the Pacific Northwest to solicit their views as part of this process." Tired of politicians shutting us out of salmon and orca recovery? Tired of Governor Inslee and Senator Murray driving salmon to extinction and hiding behind closed doors? Why should we expect anything different? Inslee and Murray are the major players keeping the salmon-killing lower Snake River dams in place. Let’s open the doors to salmon and orca recovery. Tell President Biden to ORDER the Corps to begin breaching in 2022. Tell Biden and the Cabinet Secretaries a 2021 Nez Perce study shows that 77% of Snake River salmon runs will be presumed extinct by 2025 unless immediate action is taken. Government studies show that the salmon won’t recover unless the four lower Snake River dams are breached. Breaching must begin this year. The salmon and Southern Resident Killer Whales are counting on you. Find contact links & phones at damtruth.org/take-action for President Biden, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Counsel on Environmental Quality Brenda Mallory.