Fisheries Scientists Want Snake Dams Removed

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The Western Division of American Fisheries Society, the world's largest organization of its kind, said Monday it wants four dams on the lower Snake River River removed to help save wild salmon and steelhead. The resolution passed by an 86 percent margin.

"These professional fisheries scientists have reviewed a robust amount of peer-reviewed science that concludes a free-flowing lower Snake is vital to recovering these most important populations," said Bert Bowler, retired fisheries biologist with Idaho Department of Fish and Game and a member of the society.

The society adopted the resolution while awaiting Federal District Judge James Redden's decision on the Snake dams and their impact on salmon and other imperiled fish.