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Get Involved in Our Campaign to Remove the Lower Snake River Dams

The Issue at a Glance

Salmon and steelhead on the Snake River cannot withstand another 25 years of status quo management. Unless we change course now, Snake River salmon and steelhead, as well as southern resident orca whales may be extinct in our lifetimes. This isn't an environmental issue or a business issue, this is an issue that affects all of us as Northwesterners. As a region, we need smarter solutions based on real, relevant, and reliable science.

We need to come together and rethink how we manage the lower Snake River system. We must imagine solutions that benefit salmon, communities, and industries. Farmers, sport-fishers, business owners, and families across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho need to see themselves in this future. It is time to stand together and create a comprehensive and collaborative, community-driven solution that balances our need for healthy rivers with our need for clean energy—a solution that supports prosperous farming and fishing communities, affordable clean power, and abundant salmon and steelhead.

Learn more about our campaign to remove these obsolete dams

Enter the Drawing to Support Local Guides

We are working to support our local guides by raffling trips to battle economic stagnation during the global pandemic. Our guides share decades of knowledge and expertise on our local streams and recreational fisheries. Their wisdom and work are absolutely crucial to bolstering the angling community.

If you are a guide interested in participating in this program, please contact us at office@anws.org.

If you are a member, consider buying a raffle ticket for just $20!

M o n th l y
July 7, 2020

Harnessing the Power of Community for the Common Good

As president of the Columbia River Chapter for 6 years, my members have never ceased to amaze me. Every event, community project, fish along—you name it—starts with an idea from one chapter member. From there, other members start adding their two cents and a tangible plan starts to form. A few phone calls are made to friends, family, and acquaintances and suddenly there’s a network made up of skilled individuals geared towards achieving one goal. All of the pieces fall into place and volunteers show up excited and ready to help accomplish the project.
June 30, 2020

Migration Through the Eyes of a Salmon

When I turned one year old, my parr marks began to disappear, alerting me to the fact that my first great journey would soon begin. I knew it was time to go to the ocean. Under natural conditions, it would be an arduous journey: over 450 miles of river fraught with predators, rapids, strong currents, and changing salinity that culminates in a rapid biological adaptation to the ocean. Unfortunately, man-made obstacles such as agricultural runoff, heat pollution, stagnant water and dams further complicated my voyage.
June 24, 2020

Renewable Energy and Barging Industries Have Changed

The lower Snake River dams were built based on two predominant assumptions: (1) dams are the most viable form of producing renewable energy and (2) dams facilitate barge transport, which is the best way to ship goods to market. We must determine whether these assumptions are still true today in order to promote a dialogue about crafting solutions to replace the lower Snake River dams.