Please join the Free The Snake Flotilla on Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 2017 and help send a loud and clear message that it’s time to remove these four outdated, deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River.
Over the next few months, WSC will be selling 500 $20 raffle tickets that offer you the chance to win a meticulously refurbished 1950’s handcrafted wooden drift boat. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to increasing the return of wild steelhead to the waters of the West Coast.
The checkered history of the eight existing Atlantic salmon net pens in Washington had already made a compelling case for why expanding this environmental destructive industry in Puget Sound is a bad idea. This catastrophic spill of 300,000 Atlantic salmon is the nail in the coffin.
Multiple courts have ruled that the federal government’s approach to steelhead and salmon restoration on the Snake is misguided and a massive waste of taxpayer money. They’ve ordered the government to explore a new approach, but now new legislation authored by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is trying to mandate that we stick with our broken management strategy.
In May, we said goodbye to our dear friend Les Johnson, who was a steelhead icon and a founding member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Born and raised in the heart of Steelhead Country, Les devoted his life to writing about and protecting the iconic fish that captivated him throughout his illustrious life.
Projections for wild steelhead returns on the Columbia looked atrocious this year, and the early returns have been even worse than originally expected. If things don’t get better soon, we may be looking at the worst wild steelhead runs in the Columbia’s recorded history.