Saturday, July 21, 2007

Day 25: Leaving Las Vegas…for now

For our third and final day in Las Vegas, our lovely mascot Fin took the road show crew to task, pulling us away from the slots long enough to get some work done – and it was worth it! Today we had the pleasure of introducing the Extinction Stops Here road show to the offices’ of Nevada’s Congressional delegation and talk about salmon recovery opportunities in the Northwest.

Nevada is an interesting state in the story of the Columbia & Snake River Basin. Spanning six western states (Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, California, Washington, and Oregon), the Columbia-Snake Basin was once home to the largest runs of salmon and steelhead anywhere in the world. The mighty salmon and steelhead in this watershed once made their voyage from the sea back to spawning grounds in the Owyhee and Bruneau, two of northern Nevada’s main rivers. While many in southern Nevada found this fact suprising, northern Nevada residents are unfazed, many of them remembering the role salmon played in their community.

First Visit: Senator Harry Reid’s Office

Bobby talks with Shannon Raborn, District Director for Senator Reid, about the Road Show and all things salmon. As a leader in well-reasoned conservation and sound natural resources management, Senator Reid understands the value of wild salmon as a vital cultural and economic resource for the Northwest.

Send a message to Senator Reid.
Thank the Senator for his tireless efforts to conserve our wild lands and ensure the sound management of our natural resources, both in Nevada and across the country. With Senator Reid's leadership we can find solutions to the salmon crisis in Columbia & Snake Rivers!

Second Visit: Congresswoman Shelley Berkley’s Office

The Road Show crew met with Tod Story, District Director for Congresswoman Shelly Berkley. Tod was interested to hear about our journey so far and the progress of the salmon studies bill, the Salmon Economic Analysis and Planning Act (H.R. 1507), that would restore sound science and fiscal responsibility to failing federal salmon recovery efforts in the Columbia/Snake River basin. It currently has the support of more than 65 members of Congress.

Don’t Let the Federal Agencies Gamble with Salmon Recovery!

The Northwest and the nation can no longer afford the ineffective, expensive tactics taken at the federal level by NOAA Fisheries, Bonneville Power Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Our tax dollars are dwindling along with the decline of Columbia & Snake River salmon and steelhead.

With more than
$7 billion dollars already spent on failed, illegal plans, enough is enough. Congressional leadership in Nevada, the West, and the nation, we can help restore wild salmon and leave a legacy for future generations.

ADD YOUR VOICE! Urge Congress to move forward with sound salmon recovery effort!

Thanks to all those who helped us in Vegas! See ya in Reno!

-Bobby, Jeremy, Fin, Buddy and Buster

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