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After 4 years of work, the proposed plan continues the tradition of 20+ years of failure of the agencies to propose a path towards recovery and restoration of our salmon runs and the greater Columbia River system. It’s now up to us to raise our voices to the Federal Agencies and our elected officials to envision an alternative path towards a restored system. Please plan on virtually attending and submitting testimony along with Audubon staff.
The virtual public hearing will start at 4 p.m. PST. Nearly all comments are delivered during the first hour, along with a brief introduction by agency leaders. This is a 1 hour commitment, not 4 hours. If you are only able to join after 5:00, you can still submit testimony into the record.
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Important Talking Points
- The Agencies preferred alternative perpetuates an approach that has pushed salmon, orca and other fish and wildlife populations to the edge of extinction, and led to the unnecessary scapegoating of native wildlife like Double Crested Cormorants
- The Agencies preferred alternative is a huge waste of public resources and perpetuates the status quo – which has been rejected 5 times by a federal court over the last 25 years.
- The Plan must focus on three things: Removal of four obsolete Snake River Dams, increased flows over Columbia River Dams and habitat restoration
- Persecution of native predator species must be eliminated from this plan
- Real solutions for NW salmon, other wildlife and people will come from NW people – policymakers, sovereigns (states and tribes), stakeholders, and communities working urgently together to craft inclusive, creative solutions to our shared problems and bring all communities forward together.