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Wild salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey are dying by the thousands due to four outdated dams on the lower Snake River—dams that cost taxpayers millions to maintain and repair.

The time is now to remove these outdated, deadbeat dams, and we need your help in getting elected leaders to hear this message.

A destructive bill—H.R. 3144—that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would ultimately thwart efforts to protect endangered wild salmon, hinder development of a more efficient and reliable power system, and risk raising power rates in the region.

With many steelhead and salmon populations seeing some of their lowest returns in years, the decision to remove the dams is becoming inevitable. Last year over 400,000 concerned individuals flooded federal agencies with comments calling for the removal of these four costly dams on the lower Snake River, but the lawmakers behind this bill are attempting to silence our voices.

Don’t let your voice be silenced. Speak up once again and support the movement to free the lower Snake River.

Returning the lower Snake River to a free-flowing state has tremendous potential to rejuvenate the region’s economy, revitalize its culture and heritage, restore wild salmon populations and the greater river ecosystem…and save taxpayers billions!

Act now and tell your elected representatives to reject H.R. 3144 and demand real action to save wild salmon.

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YOUR MESSAGE

Vote NO on H.R. 3144; Free the Snake!

Dear Representative,



As a constituent who cares about saving endangered wild salmon and steelhead and preserving the Pacific Northwest way of life, I urge you to vote NO on H.R. 3144 if it comes to the House floor, and reject any measures to preserve status quo operations of the Columbia River hydrosystem.

This legislation is based on misleading and false claims about the value of four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River. It would lock in status quo system operations that are proving deadly to wild salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey, and are wasting taxpayers' money when economically viable alternatives are available.

Wild salmon, steelhead and Pacific lamprey are dying by the thousands due to those four outdated dams, which cost taxpayers millions to maintain and repair. Meanwhile, energy produced by these dams is being replaced by clean energy alternatives. The dams' primary purpose, barge transportation, has declined nearly 70 percent since 2000. In five different rulings over 16 years, federal courts have rejected as illegal plans that would continue these business-as-usual operations. This failure has already cost regional ratepayers and federal taxpayers billions without recovering a single endangered salmon run.

The legislation further ignores my voice and those of hundreds of thousands of people who in the past year have spoken out for dam removal, which scientists say is the single best thing we can do to save wild salmon.

Listen to your constituents: Preserve our iconic salmon and Pacific Northwest way of life by rejecting H.R. 3144 and joining the movement for the greatest river restoration of all time. Free the Snake!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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