Restore salmon in the Snake River.
Wild salmon are among the Pacific Northwest’s original residents. Their historic abundance and influence on the region is difficult to imagine today — feeding endangered orcas, birds, other fish and wildlife; building legendary forests, delivering ocean-sourced nutrients across millennia to the waters and lands of the Northwest. And since time immemorial, Tribal nations have shared a deep and reciprocal relationship with salmon.
Unfortunately, salmon and the many benefits they bring to Northwest people and ecosystems are at risk of disappearing today. Many populations have already been lost. Of those that remain, many swim on the brink of extinction.
After decades of advocacy, the Nez Perce, other Native tribes, and conservation and fishing advocates have opened a critical window of opportunity to protect and restore wild salmon populations through one solution — breaching dams in the Lower Snake River.