Snake River dams’ energy is replaceable; salmon species isn’t

In response to Marc Sullivan’s recent commentary (“Don’t fall for TV ads’ climate case for Snake dams,” The Herald, June 5), regarding NW RiverPartners’ ongoing ad campaigns, as we speak, RiverPartner’s media blitz is delivering misinformation to dinner tables, commutes and communities in Everett and beyond.

Northwest RiverPartners has chosen to ignore the scientific consensus that four dams on the lower Snake River are driving northwest salmon towards extinction.

Energy infrastructure that drives local species nearer to extinction every year can never be called “green.” As Sullivan notes, the data show that we can develop a smart plan to replace the services provided by these dams. Removing these destructive dams is essential to save iconic northwest salmon, steelhead and the Southern Resident orcas that rely on them; and this transition doesn’t have to be costly to communities.

We must act now to prevent extinction before it is too late for northwest salmon.

Please contact U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s office at 206-553-5545 and thank her for moving forward an initiative to address this issue. And, call Sen. Maria Cantwell at 206-3220-6400 and tell her that we must remove the lower Snake River dams to prevent extinction of vital northwest salmon.

Nancy Johnson


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