Columbia Riverkeeper statement on Columbia River dam removal
"Yakama Nation, supported by Lummi Nation, announced a bold vision: a Columbia River teeming with salmon, a restored Celilo Falls, and a Pacific Northwest powered by clean energy. We stand in solidarity with Yakama and Lummi nations. At a time when salmon and orca populations are in crisis, we need bold ideas and courageous leadership. Our decades-long effort to recover endangered salmon is not working.
The stagnant reservoirs behind the dams create dangerously hot water, and climate change is pushing the river over the edge. Year after year, the river gets hotter. The system is broken, but we can fix it. Let’s transition from costly hydropower to clean energy, honor our nation’s treaties, and restore the mighty Columbia.”