by Matt Little
In the recent article, "Orca Researchers Call for Dam Removal," we learned that Puget Sound orcas, one of the most amazing mammals on this planet, are in big trouble.
They are threatened by a lack of their food source - our resident Chinook salmon.
As a fisherman, I am deeply troubled by the decline of Chinook and know that we need a twofold approach to save them. We need to arrest global warming which is greatly harming these beleaguered runs, and we need to remove the four lower Snake River dams since this is the single most scientifically sound way to help them recover.
I want my kids to know the joy of fishing and to experience the awe of seeing an orca in our Sound.
Time is not on our side, so let's combat global warming on the scale of the problem (80 percent emission reductions by 2050) and replace the dams with energy efficiency measures. It's affordable, it's doable, and our children are counting on us.
Eternal Dam Nation by Daniel Jack Chasan, Crosscut, 11/26/7
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