April 28: Trout Unlimited’s Chris Wood in Boise

The Idaho State Council of Trout Unlimited invites you to join Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited CEO, for a discussion on the path forward to remove the lower four Snake River dams and recover wild salmon and steelhead.This Boise event will be April 28th at 6:30 PM – at the Riverside Hotel on Chinden Blvd. in Garden City.

Chris Wood speaking at April 2019 conference sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy

The Snake River Basin provides more than 50 percent of the coldwater habitat available to Pacific salmon and steelhead in the Lower 48. But these critical waters are blocked by the four lower Snake River dams and fish populations are in rapid decline. 

We have spent four decades and $17 billion trying to recover these iconic fish. It’s time that we rethink the future of the Northwest. 

The Northwest deserves abundant and sustainable Snake River wild salmon and steelhead. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that future exists.  

We look forward to seeing you soon. Please RSVP at

One reply on “April 28: Trout Unlimited’s Chris Wood in Boise”

Many Federal reports regarding declining Salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest were published in the late 1800’s; approximately 80 years prior to the construction of the Lower Snake River Dams.

Marshall McDonald’s 1894 report, titled “The Salmon Fisheries of the Columbia River Basin, Report of the United States Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries on Investigations in the Columbia River Basin In Regard to the Salmon Fisheries, Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.;” states that “the investigations made by Professor Evermann and the parties under his direction establish conclusively the fact that there has been a very great reduction in the number of Salmon frequenting the head waters of the Columbia River and its tributaries.” (Pg 5)

McDonald’s report also states that “they were abundant in the Columbia River at Kettle Falls as late as 1878. Since then there has been a great decrease. They have been scarce since 1882. Since 1890 there have been scarcely any at Kettle Falls.” (Pg 5)

This report also states that “there is no reason to doubt- indeed the fact is beyond question- that the number of Salmon now reaching the head waters of streams in the Columbia River Basin is insignificant in comparison with the number which some years ago annually visited and spawned in these waters.” (Pg 5)

These documented statements were made long before the construction of the Lower Snake River Projects; and hopefully they will be given some consideration as part of the present discussions about the future of these Projects.

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