Thursday, February 17, 2011

Congress is voting now - take two quick actions.

Wild salmon and salmon-dependent communities are currently facing several major challenges – and now they face one more. An important funding bill – the Continuing Resolution, or HR 1 – was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. HR 1 includes specific language that, if enacted, would eliminate all funding for science-based measures designed to protect salmon populations in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Basin and crucial studies needed for Klamath River restoration.


1) Call your representative right now using the Capitol Switchboard. Call (202) 224-3121. If you don't know your representative's name - find it here with your zip code. When you’re connected to your congressperson’s office, just leave the following message with the receptionist or on voicemail:

“I'm calling to ask the Representative to vote ‘no’ on H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, and to oppose all anti-environmental amendments, because it will harm salmon, jobs, and our environment.”

2) Send a longer message HERE urging leadership from your members of Congress on this crucial issue.

Jobs, ways of life, and entire communities are built upon salmon in this region and throughout the West.  If HR 1 becomes law, it will eliminate thousands of good-paying jobs and millions of dollars in economic benefit.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin and Klamath Basin, along with the Columbia River Basin, were once the top-producing salmon watersheds on the West coast. Yet they are now all experiencing steep declines in salmon populations, and will continue to do so unless the federal government takes action.  It’s time to stand together to protect these vital watersheds from backroom deals and closed-door deliberating.

Congress has a key role to play in helping to chart a course for salmon recovery that is guided by science and economics.   And that course starts with rejecting HR 1.

Again, please send a message to Congress here.

Thank you for your continued efforts and support,


Bobby Hayden
Save Our Wild Salmon

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