[Tweeters] Breaching the Lower Snake River Dams

Connie Bickerton connieb_1999 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 29 15:24:56 PDT 2015


As I'm sure many of you have been following, salmon are dying in this current drought.  They are dying at both ends of their life cycle.   We have an opportunity right now to breach the lower Snake River dams via executive order from President Obama.  He would like to make it happen, but he needs to hear from us to let him know we care, and want those dams to come down.   
You've heard about thousands of Cormorants being killed by the army corp of engineers in the Columbia river.  I consistently see Audubon members saying the real problems are the dams and river management by the Army Corp and BPA.   Taking down the Lower Snake River dams would increase "the pie" by as many as 4 million fish.  These dams are near the end of their life cycle, and only provide about 4% of the power generated on the Columbia system. It would be cheaper to purchase that power on the open market than to continue to dump money into upkeep and maintenance on these 4 dams.  
Returning salmon to hundreds of miles of upstream habitat would improve that habitat for every creature that lives there, including birds.  The available habitat is fairly high in the Rockies and would be insulated to some extent from the current and future warming and drought.  
Please check out SRKWCSI.org  or https://www.facebook.com/SRKW.CSI for more information and let me know if you have any questions.  
If this is something you feel strongly about, please call the White house 202-456-1111 and ask the President to breach the lower Snake River Dams.  
ThanksConnie


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