Thursday, August 4, 2011

Attention Businesses: Join the call for real solutions in Columbia and Snake Rivers.

Federal Judge James Redden has rejected the Obama Administration's $10 billion Salmon and Steelhead Plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The message is clear: the government's old efforts have failed, and it’s time for a science-driven, collaborative approach.

We are working with business leaders and allies in a coordinated response in support of the Judge’s ruling. Thousands of jobs in numerous industries hang in the balance. You can help.

Please stand with businesses from across the country by adding your business to the national letter, requesting that President Obama change failure to success in Columbia and Snake River salmon recovery. 


Wild Pacific salmon and steelhead are among America’s greatest natural resources. Once the most productive salmon landscape on the planet, the Columbia Basin’s fisheries have suffered dramatic declines in the last several decades now reaching barely 1% of historic levels. The Judge's ruling marks the third rejected plan from three administrations - Clinton, Bush, and now Obama - as illegal for similar reasons: failing to provide imperiled salmon and steelhead with a real shot at survival – and ultimately, recovery.

The best way to achieve a successful, practical, science-based, job-creating solution in the Columbia and Snake Rivers is through a multi-stakeholder collaboration.  The Obama administration has a critical opportunity to protect this valuable natural resource while creating thousands of new jobs over the short- and long-term in a variety of sectors, including commercial and recreational fishing, outdoor recreation, natural foods and food service, clean energy infrastructure, tourism.

We ask you to join a diverse coalition of wild salmon advocates and sign the national letter directed to President Obama, with ‘carbon-copies’ to Congress. The deadline is Monday, August 8th.

Please contact Joseph Bogaard at or 206.286.4455 x103 to request additional information.

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