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Free Flowing Rivers & Beer – The Story of the Lower Snake River Dams
July 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that we need a free-flowing lower Snake River to recover Idaho’s salmon and steelhead. Over the past 25 years, the Snake basin has averaged less than two returning adults for every 100 smolt. Biologists from Oregon and Idaho, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and various tribes estimate that Snake River dam breaching will increase smolt-to-adult return ratios by four times. Taking out the four lower Snake River dams would return 140 miles of habitat to a naturally functioning river and significantly reduce the time it takes for smolts to make it to the ocean.
Grab a cold beer or glass of wine at O’Maine studios as you join Eric Crawford, North Idaho Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, to watch a compelling film about TU’s fight to save the Snake followed by your questions.
Unless we take bold action to change the current trajectory, these fish will continue to decline – and eventually go extinct. It’s up to us to build the political will to change that story and forge a new future for these incredible, migratory fish.
Photograph: Ben Herndon