[MCN] You're invited: Rally to "Free the Snake!" - September 8 and 9

Jeff Juel jeffjuel at wildrockies.org
Thu Aug 31 00:46:39 EDT 2017

Save Our Wild Salmon 



*What: */FREE THE SNAKE! Flotilla is a rally and gathering of people to 
celebrating wild salmon and steelhead and calling for the restoration of 
the Northwest's endangered fish and the lower Snake River by removing 
its four deadly, high-cost, low value dams./

*When:* /Friday evening, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 2017/

*Where:* /Chief Timothy State Park on the lower Snake River in 
Clarkston, WA/

Last year more than 400 people from throughout the Pacific Northwest 
came together on the water in support of the return of a free-flowing 
lower Snake River.  This year, river, salmon and orca advocates, tribal 
members, anglers, and others will gather again on the river to Free the 

Here’s a chance to experience the lower Snake River for yourself and 
learn more about why removing four dams is so critical to restoring 
salmon, orcas, lamprey; and why it is necessary to honor treaties with 
Native American tribes.  These four dams impede salmon from reaching the 
largest piece of intact salmon habitat left in the Lower 48 - thousands 
of miles of pristine river habitat across millions of acres in Idaho, 
northeast Oregon and southeast Washington. Meanwhile, the benefits these 
dams have declined dramatically while their costs to both salmon and 
taxpayers have grown.

The need for dam removal grows more urgent every day.  The 
Columbia-Snake basin has suffered huge salmon and steelhead losses due 
to the dams' impacts.  This year, we are witnessing the lowest return of 
wild Snake River steelhead seen in many decades.  It’s time to stand up 
for our rivers and our salmon and steelhead to bring back the abundant 
runs our rivers can support - if given half a chance.

This year’s rally on the water begins at Chief Timothy State Park 
Saturday morning near Clarkston. People in canoes, kayaks, paddleboards 
and other watercraft will travel downriver for three miles and then 
return to the park.  We'll host speakers, music and camping Friday and 
Saturday nights at the Park:

  * Friday will feature several tribal speakers followed by Spokane’s

  * Saturday’s after-celebration will include music featuring /*Smackout
    and /*Atlas Hugged*/

Visit our /*Free the Snake Facebook Page*/ 
- please "like" and share it with your networks!

*​Join us September 8 and 9, 2017 when we'll say with one clear voice: 
it's time to remove four outdated, low-value, deadbeat dams on the lower 
Snake River. It's time to free the Snake*!

TO REGISTER AND GET ALL THE DETAILS re: camping, watercraft, schedule at 
the /*SOS website*/ 
and/or /*www.freethesnake.com*/ 

If you have any questions, contact Sam Mace at sam at wildsalmon.org 
<mailto:sam at wildsalmon.org>, 509-863-5696



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