Snake River Dam Removal

Save our Salmon

Removing Four Lower Snake River Dams

Northwest Steelheaders is dedicated to removing 4 lower Snake River dams, which are decimating salmon populations and have proven to be both economically inefficient and a meager power source. Scientists have told us for many years that restoring the lower Snake River by removing its dams is essential in order to protect and rebuild its endangered salmon and steelhead populations, help feed starving orcas, and restore the benefits these native fish deliver to people and ecosystems across the Northwest. With thousands of miles of pristine, protected habitat upstream from these dams, this is an incredible river and salmon restoration opportunity.

Get Involved

(1) Fill out the lower Snake River questionnaire: An online questionnaire asks questions and seeks comments about the lower Snake River and its roles and importance for salmon recovery and communities. Comment deadline: Jan. 24 at 5:00 pm.

(2) Attend a public workshop in Clarkston (Jan. 7), Vancouver (Jan. 9) and Tri-Cities (Jan. 13). The Governor’s office is hosting three public workshops in early January to present the draft report, hear from select stakeholders, and encourage citizen dialogue on these important issues.

(3) Submit your comments on the Draft Report: On Dec. 20, Governor Inslee’s team released a draft report based on interviews and fact-finding. Residents in the state of Washington have until Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. to submit written comments by email to: with ‘Draft LSRD Report’ in the subject line.

Learn more about Governor Inslee’s Lower Snake River Stakeholder Process

Northwest Steelheaders has been a member of Save Our Salmon (SOS) for over 20 years, a coalition founded in 1992 with the mission to protect and restore abundant, self-sustaining, and harvestable populations of wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia-Snake River Basin and Northwest marine waters for the benefit of people, fish and wildlife, and ecosystems. SOS boasts a long, successful history of leading and coordinating its members and allies to plan and execute regionally-focused, politically-targeted, multi-pronged programs.

In the Press

  • Tri-City Herald: Republicans, outraged by no dam-breaching session in Tri-Cities, get their way (Nov. 17, 2019)
  • Idaho Statesman Guest Opinion: Removing lower Snake River dams is best chance for salmon, steelhead recovery (Nov. 18, 2019)
  • Seattle Times: State budgets $750,000 for outreach over impacts of breaching Lower Snake River dams (April 30, 2019)
  • Tri-City Herald: Save the salmon — dams must go (January 10, 2020). Guest opinion piece by Northwest Steelheaders Hall-of-famer Buzz Ramsey