LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Dams must go to help wild salmon


In a letter to the editor recently published by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Aaron Bennett questioned the motives of those of us in Idaho who want the four lower Snake River dams removed.

Our motive is to recover the once abundant salmon runs of the Snake River Basin.

Upstream of Dayton in Idaho and Northeastern Oregon we have six wilderness areas, 12 wild and scenic rivers, and two national recreation areas. None of these have healthy wild salmon runs. Every run is listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The fish need a wild river, not a series of Corps-engineered warm, murky carp ponds.

Only dam removal can give the wild fish the living river they need.

Reed Burkholder



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