Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition
The Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition unites conservationists, commercial and sportsfishing businesses, and clean energy and orca advocates to protect and restore abundant, resilient, fishable populations of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake Rivers for use by people, wildlife, and ecosystems.
811 1st Ave, Ste 305
Seattle, WA 98104
In 1994, we produced the first scientific blueprint for restoring endangered Pacific salmon, "Wild Salmon Forever." In 1998, we launched the campaign to remove the four costly lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington State, which has won the support of nearly 100 members of Congress, hundreds of scientists, American Fisheries Society, 1200 businesses, the New York Times and 31 other papers, and hundreds of thousands of individual Americans.
We have won more than a dozen court verdicts against inadequate federal salmon plans under the Endangered Species Act. 2018 will be the thirteenth consecutive year of court-won "salmon spill" at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. 'Spill' sends water over dams when juvenile salmon are migrating to the Pacific Ocean in the spring and summer. It is our most effective near-term measure to increase juvenile salmon survival and numbers of returning adults while the Northwest works on a durable, legally-valid, science-based salmon protection plan in the next several years.
Further measures - including additional spill and lower Snake River dam removal - are needed to protect our endangered wild salmon and steelhead from extinction. A growing body of scientific, energy and economic information support the removal of these four federal dams and replacement of their modest, declining services with clean, salmon-friendly alternatives as the most beneficial, least-cost alternative for the people of the Northwest and the nation.