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Can-Kicking Lower Snake River Dams Record of Decision Released

In Columbia River, Idaho, Oregon, Snake River, Washington by Kyle Smith

The ROD adopts the preferred alternative developed through the agencies’ environmental impact statement process. The decision recommends a limited increase in the amount of water spilled over the four dams on the Lower Snake River, but allows the dams to stay in place at a significant cost to salmon, steelhead, tribes, anglers, and communities across the Columbia Basin.

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Snake River Dams Perspectives: John Appleton of Alpine Archery and Fly

In Snake River by Kyle Smith

Earlier this summer, TU released a report entitled “Why We Need a Free Flowing Lower Snake River” that lays out the scientific basis for the federal government’s conclusion that the best way to restore salmon and steelhead in the Snake Basin is to remove the four dams on the lower river. Snake River salmon and steelhead populations are now so …

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Oregon South Coast Management Plan Proposal Nearing Completion

In Oregon, Proper handling, Steelhead Etiquette by Kyle Smith

In order to continue with the opportunity to harvest wild steelhead in southern Oregon, we need better science. If we continue down the path of harvesting wild steelhead without better understanding of population and harvest levels, we could watch those populations decline to unfishable levels within our lifetime. Here’s our update on the latest…

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The Perfect Honeymoon Suite for Wild Steelhead

In Idaho, Oregon, Snake River, Washington by Eric Crawford

When it comes to the Lower 48, it’s undeniable. The Snake River basin is the last best place to restore salmon and steelhead. And that isn’t just bias coming from an Idaho guy who loves and cherishes the wild landscapes and waters of the Gem State. The Snake River basin was once the preeminent producer of summer steelhead to the …

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Oregon Wild and Scenic Effort Heating Up

In Oregon, Wild and Scenic by Kyle Smith

Late last year, Oregon’s Senior Senator Ron Wyden put out a call to all Oregonians to nominate their favorite rivers and creeks for potential designation under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The result of that call to action was over 15,000 different nominations for more than 4,000 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon. As we’ve written before, …