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This video allows you to hear directly from the filmmaker, John Carlos Frey, about his exciting film project: 

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In addition, it's important to continue providing comments to the Biden Administration with the breach now message.

Highest priority to receive feedback is Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation, John Podesta.   HERE'S HOW

As always, feel free to choose additional recipients to receive your comments by making phone calls and / or sending messages to the following elected leaders and government officials.  The more public feedback and encouragement they receive, the more likely it is that they will take action.  For suggestions on what to say and talking points, see further down this page.

John Podesta

Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation

202-456-1111 Tu-We-Th, 11-3 EST
comments@whitehouse.gov

TXT=302-404-0880

@WhiteHouse

@WhiteHouse

@WhiteHouse

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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA

Deb Haaland

Secretary, Department of Interior

202-208-3100 #3

@SecDebHaaland

@secdebhaaland

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Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240

Michael Connor

Asstistant Secty. of the Army for Civil Works

'Send a Message' Recipient = Civil Works

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Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 441 G Street NW Washington, DC 20314-1000

Patty Murray

US Senator, Washington

206-553-5545

@pattymurray

@pattymurray

@Senpattymurray

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2988 Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Mike Simpson

US Representative, Idaho

208-334-1953

202-225-5531

@RepMikeSimpson

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2084 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515

Ron Wyden

US Senator, Oregon

503-326-7525

202-224-5244

@wyden

@RonWyden

@ronwyden

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911 NE 11th Ave., Suite 630 Portland, OR, 97232

John Hairston

CEO, Bonneville Power Administration

800-622-4519

503-230-3000

@bonnevillepower

@bonnevillepower

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Bonneville Power Administration P.O. Box 3621 Portland, OR 97208-3621

President Joe Biden

The White House

202-456-1111 Tu-We-Th, 11-3 EST
comments@whitehouse.gov

TXT=302-404-0880

@WhiteHouse

@WhiteHouse

@whitehouse

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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA

Jennifer Granholm

Secretary, Department of Energy

202-586-5000 7a-7p Eastern

@SecGranholm

@SecGranholm

@secgranholm

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U.S. Dept of Energy 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC 20585

Gina Raimondo

Secretary of Commerce

NO "Send a Message" form

202-482-2000

Secretary Gina Raimondo

@SecRaimondo

@SecRaimondo

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1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230, USA

Maria Cantwell

US Senator, Washington

206-220-6400

202-224-3441

@mariacantwell

@senatorcantwell

@senatormariacantwell

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511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Tina Kotek

Governor, Oregon

503-378-4582

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Peter DeFazio

US Representative, Oregon

541-465-6732

202-225-6416

@PeterDeFazioOregon

@RepPeterDeFazio

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2134 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Brenda Mallory

Council on Environmental Quality, CEQ Chair

@WHCEQ

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Send a Message is same as White House 730 Jackson Place NW Washington, D.C. 20503

Jaime Pinkham

Principal Deputy Asst. Secty. of the Army for Civil Works

202-761-1878

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Jay Inslee

Governor, Washington

360-902-4111

@WaStateGov

@WaStateGov

@govinslee

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PO Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Pramila Jayapal

US Representative, Washington,
7th District

206-674-0040

202-225-3106

@pramila.jayapal

@RepJayapal

@repjayapal

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2346 Rayburn House Office Building Washington. DC 20515

Jeff Merkley

US Senator, Oregon

503-200-5518

@jeffmerkley

@SenJeffMerkley

@senjeffmerkley

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PO Box 14172, Portland OR 97293

Earl Blumenauer

US Representative, Oregon, 3rd District

202-225-4811

503-231-2300

@blumenauer

@repblumenauer

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Washington, DC 20515

Talking Points

Talking Points

​Here are facts you can use to build your own message.

  • Negotiating a settlement to breach the dams beginning this year in the litigation pending in Oregon in NWF v. NMFS could end the decades old litigation, and would recover Snake River salmon and steelhead, uphold indigenous people’s rights and culture, and help the Southern Resident Killer Whales avoid extinction.

  • The Snake River dams do not produce clean or green energy. That is a myth. The dams are destroying an ecosystem the size of Oregon and driving wild salmon and steelhead to extinction.

  • More than 80,000 tons of CO2 equivalent of methane gas is produced each year by the four Lower Snake River dam reservoirs. Breaching the dams will create a free flowing river and will put an immediate stop to these potent greenhouse gas emissions.

  • In the Columbia Basin, salmon and steelhead that must pass four dams in their migration to and from the ocean are surviving. Salmon and steelhead that must pass eight dams—the Snake River populations—are vanishing. The difference is the four lower Snake River dams.

  • A 2021 Nez Perce study reveals that 77% of Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon will be quasi-extinct, or presumed to have little chance of recovery, by 2025. The fish are out of time.

  • Lower Snake River dam breaching, along with other region-wide actions, must begin immediately. “Inaction will result in the catastrophic loss of the majority of Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead stocks.” (NOAA Fisheries, Draft—Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead, July 11, 2022, p. 18.)

  • From insects to grizzly bears to Southern Resident Killer Whales, more than 130 species depend on the marine nutrients that wild salmon and steelhead provide.

  • “Perhaps the single greatest change in food availability for resident killer whales since the late 1800s has been the decline of salmon from the Columbia River basin.” (NOAA SRKW Recovery Plan Recovery Plan for Southern Resident Killer Whales, (Orcinus orca), National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region, Seattle, Washington (January 2008), p. II-82.)

  • Breaching the dams will revitalize 140 miles of riparian areas and restore large expanses of currently degraded forests, which will reestablish vast carbon sinks needed to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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