Unleashing the Snake River’s Wild Heart

A Plea to Breach the Lower Snake River Dams

Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

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Photo by Jani Brumat on UnsplashDams leave little hope for young fish to survive

Written with the help of AI — trying out the pros and cons.

The Snake River weaves its way through untamed landscapes, through the Pacific Northwest, recently unfolding a story of biodiversity collapse and urgency. The four Lower Snake River Dams, aging concrete structures from the 1960s and 1970s, are cornerstones of the region’s landscape. But in the face of mounting challenges, a chorus of carers rise, united in their call for immediate action to breathe renewed life into this majestic river, the ecosystem, endangered species, and a way of life nearly lost.

Think of the salmon, those iconic resilient spirits of the Pacific Northwest. The Lower Snake River Dams have held their epic migrations hostage for too long. These dams block over 90% of salmon habitat in the Snake River Basin. Breaching them would unshackle the river’s flow, allowing salmon to rediscover their ancestral pathways and increase the salmon population at least 3 fold. Their return promises to be the epitome of nature’s resilience as they rejuvenate ecosystems and restore the ecological balance in the land and waters they touch.

Beneath the dams, sediment and essential nutrients have stagnated, creating toxic greenhouse gases. Nature’s clock is ticking, and we…

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Berna A.
ILLUMINATION

Ocean Actionist. Circular Economy Consultant. Sustainability, Business, and Nature Speaker. Nature Photographer.