Category Archives: Snake River

Retired Judge Redden: Take those dams down

Very pointed remarks from a federal judge who issued ruling after ruling in favor of the Pacific Northwest’s endangered salmon stocks. Listen, and watch, right here.

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Hatchery mongrels go into Snake River fake lakes

And Idaho F&G emerges as the winner as more license revenue flows into headquarters. But what about conservation and the preservation of habitat? Duh. Details here.

A voice in the wilderness for wild fish (and wildness)

That’s the underlying message of this op-ed from the Boise, Idaho, paper, The Idaho Statesman. I pay attention to what’s going on in Idaho because it really is my home state. Anyway, ripping down the four lower dams on the Snake River would be an excellent start to bringing wild salmon and steelhead back to Idaho.

Congress unlikely to step in on salmon problem

I would guess that the fixes to come from this lawsuit will be more of the same half-witted thingees that have done almost nothing in the past to help migrating salmon harmed by the presence of hydropower dams on THEIR rivers.

Water managers in West brace for more dry times

The restoration work along Sandia Pueblo’s section of the Rio Grande is just the latest effort by tribal, state and federal water managers as they grapple with persistent drought across the West, the uncertainties of climate change, endangered species concerns and growing demand for a limited resource. Add non-native invasive plant species to that mix, as well. Like water-sucking tamarisk. Read the whole report here.

Along the Columbia, concerns for salmon and energy production

The salmon — those that are still out there — should come first. That’s my take on the situation described in this NY Times article.

BPA’s dpin vs. real Snake River salmon recovery

Here’s a good opinion piece from the Idaho Statesman about the seemingly never-ending debate about whether to barge or spill migrating fish over Bonneville Power Administration-operated dams on the Snake River. Of course, the real long-term solution is to breach the three dams on the lower Snake and let fish do what nature taught them to.