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Please help us leverage this pivotal moment: send a message to the Obama Administration.
Federal Judge James Redden has rejected the Obama Administration's $10 billion Salmon and Steelhead Plan for the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Since 2001, three plans from three administrations - Clinton, Bush, and now Obama - have been ruled illegal for similar reasons: failing to provide imperiled salmon and steelhead with a real shot at survival. The message is clear: the government's old efforts have failed, and we need a new approach.Salmon and fishing advocates, the state of Oregon, and the Nez Perce and Spokane Tribes who opposed the administration's plan are cheering this crucial ruling and stand ready to move forward. The court’s decision presents a tremendous opportunity for the businesses, fishermen, and citizens who have been working for years to restore healthy wild salmon and steelhead populations, invest in clean energy alternatives, and save taxpayer dollars. The real work, however, is just beginning.
The Obama Administration along with members of Congress must work with affected stakeholders to chart a new course for wild salmon and salmon-dependent communities that provides solutions based on good science and economics.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Federal Judge James Redden has ruled your administration's Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead plan inadequate and illegal. Your administration now has the opportunity to pursue a new path to recover wild salmon, rebuild jobs, protect communities, and invest in the clean energy economy. Many thousands of jobs and the integrity of the Endangered Species Act hang in the balance. I call on you to bring together the affected stakeholders and consider all credible recovery options - including the removal of the four lower Snake River dams - so that we can be certain that these salmon are here to nourish and inspire future generations.
Sincerely, [Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]