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Full-Page Ad in The Seattle Times Features Call to Action for Lower Snake River

Posted on Mar 27, 2023 in Action Alerts, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog
Joining 57 other conservation, outdoor recreation, and community groups across the PNW, Washington Wild signed onto the full-page ad coordinated by Save Our Wild Salmon, featured in Sunday’s edition of The Seattle Times. 

            The ad, featured on page A7 of The Seattle Times on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

Without urgent action, Snake River salmon are headed for extinction. Urge Washington State Legislators to begin planning to transition the lower Snake River dams’ services now.

Increasing the visibility of this urgent campaign to restore the lower Snake River and our imperiled salmon and Southern Resident Orcas, the ad reflects the overwhelming public support for dam removal. As the legislative session enters its final month, during which critical budget decisions will be made, the ad also places much-needed pressure on state legislators to include the following:

  1. Transportation Alternatives Plan: $5 million in funding for the WDOT to conduct an analysis of highway, road, and freight rail transportation needs and options to accommodate the movement of freight and goods that currently move by barge through the lower Snake River dams. 
  2. Energy Replacement Plan: $5 million in funding to develop an energy replacement plan to offset the removal of the four lower Snake River dams. This plan would lay out how to maintain the reliability of the existing electrical power system, consistent with the Clean Energy Transformation Act, and address replacing fossil fuels currently used in the transportation, industry, and building sectors with green energy.
  3. At least $500,000 in funding for the WA Department of Ecology to conduct an Irrigation Analysis focused on determining water availability during the lower Snake River dam removal (drawdown), and to assess the infrastructure needs of farmers. 
  4. Significantly increase investment to accurately reflect the funding needs of habitat restoration projects that would protect salmon populations in the fresh and marine waters of Washington.