Almost 1,200 businesses sent an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for a new approach to help salmon and steelhead, which could possibly mean removing dams.
Most of the businesses are from the Pacific Northwest.
The coalition, which includes 15 Lane County businesses, said it wants the federal government to realize that the iconic Northwest fish has an impact not just on local culture, but on the economy. “We write today to ask you to restore the irreplaceable resource of Columbia-Snake basin wild salmon and to do so in a manner that protects and expands job opportunities,” the letter says.
The business owners, from fishing guides to food wholesalers and retailers, said it’s time for people to collaborate on finding ways to help salmon and steelhead threatened with extinction by hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, rather than continue to fight in court.
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