“Breach the Dams, Free the Snake, Save the Salmon”


For years, Chinook salmon have been an icon and staple of the Idaho culture, economy and ecosystem. The large, hardy and tasty fish once filled Idaho’s clear and cold waters by the millions. Today, only 20,000 wild salmon make it home each year. In fact, they have been endangered since 1994, and despite “heightened” protections their numbers continue to decline. Since the completion of the four lower Snake River Dams in 1975, wild Snake River Chinook have never reached their recovery targets. Dams impede salmon’s passage and exacerbate the effects of hot water, disease and predators. Chinook salmon must pass through 8 dams on their 800-mile journey to the sea.
This is four dams too many.

‘You speak to me with words and I look at you with feelings.’
Marianne Renoir in Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou


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