Video: Orca Advocates Want Snake River Dams Breached


A call to action from a group of killer-whale advocates is dramatic: breach the four Lower Snake River Dams.

The dams provide electricity to the Pacific Northwest, but members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative insist that whales in the Puget Sound are dying as a result of dwindling numbers of salmon making their way from the Lower Snake River to the ocean. The SRKWCSI is petitioning to have the dams removed. 

Wanda Keefer, manager of Washington's Port of Clarkston questions whether there's a direct connection between a possible dam breach and an increase of the Orca whale population. Keefer told Lewiston's KLEW-TV, "We're worried about the devastation that would be left behind with silting, lack of re-vegetation, dust, dead fish, and narrower channels for people to even fish in."

Meanwhile the Chinook Salmon Initiative Group says it will take its fight to public officials in Idaho, Washington and even the White House in a push to breach the Lower Snake River dams.