Protect Salmon: Seek Drought Solutions
California’s last runs of wild salmon, and the fishermen who depend on them, are in crisis. The devastating drought that has wreaked havoc on the State’s ability to allocate water for all its uses has been especially brutal to these majestic fish. Low river flows and high water temperatures make it virtually impossible for baby salmon to migrate out of the once-mighty Sacramento River and into the Pacific Ocean.
For the fishing families, businesses and communities in California, Oregon and Washington that catch California King salmon, the harvest is getting ever more grim.
Sadly, federal legislative efforts to address the impacts of the drought could worsen the problems facing salmon and the fishing community. We need your help to tell our West Coast Senators that you want to see local, sustainable, wild-caught salmon on your dinner plate.
Congress is considering two bills, H.R. 2898 (Valadao) and S. 2533 (Feinstein), that are supposed to relieve the effects of the drought for all Californians, but that really direct water away from where salmon need it most. Although Senator Feinstein’s bill has several provisions that are important steps toward water sustainability in California, both bills would weaken current protections for struggling salmon runs, and encourage construction of new salmon-killing dams.
President Obama, It’s Time to Act: Court Rules Federal Columbia Basin Salmon Plan Illegal
In May 2016, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the federal government’s plan to protect four endangered salmon populations in the Columbia-Snake Basin violates the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act. This is the 5th time the court has ruled the federal plan illegal! Join SalmonAID partner organization, Save our Wild Salmon, in calling on President Obama, and Washington’s Senators, to crack down on deadbeat dams, beginning with the four especially harmful, federally operated dams on the lower Snake River.
Killer Whales need salmon — Sign the Petition to Washington Representative Rick Larsen
Those of us who love wild salmon know that many many creatures (and whole ecosystems) depend on them for survival. For example, the Southern Resident Killer Whales off the Washington coast depend on salmon for food. And they are slowly starving to death because dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers kill so many salmon before they reach the ocean. It is time for Congress to authorize removal of the four lower Snake River dams. Please join us in calling for Congress to pass legislation to remove these concrete barriers to the orcas’ continued survival.
Make Certain that “Conserved” Water Actually Benefits the Klamath River and its Salmon
Because California has promised more water to landowners than actually exists, every drop “saved” by one landowner may just go to the next water rights holder in line. This is counterproductive and a major disincentive for people who might want to save water and see it returned to the Klamath and other California Rivers. Our friends at Klamath RiverKeeper have started a petition — please sign it so we can begin to manage our precious water sustainably.