Success: Dam Repair Saves Salmon Population

Dam repairs to save wild salmon

Target: Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Goal: Thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for setting a deadline to fix a dam that kills thousands of salmon every year

A damaged and outdated dam has threatened salmon species in the Pacific Northwest for years. Finally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has decided to act and repair the dam. This decision will save hundreds of thousands of salmons’ lives, including the endangered Chinook species. A previous Force Change petition actually urged the Army Corps of Engineers to repair the dam. Thank the Army Corps of Engineers for finally acting on this pressing issue.

Known as the Buckley Dam, this 103-year-old structure is located on the White River in Seattle, Washington. The dam is terribly flawed and kills thousands of salmon that try to swim upstream to spawn. Salmon are either injured from the ancient fish passage or killed by exhaustion from numerous attempts to jump over the dam. It is estimated that 800,000 salmon swim up the White River to spawn but only a fraction actually make it past Buckley Dam. With such an alarming number of salmon deaths at the dam, this issue has raised attention from environmentalists and tribal communities. Citizen concern has truly pressured the USACE to conduct a plan of action to save the salmon.

The Corps has decided to start repairs on the dam as soon as summer of 2015. The dam should be completed by the project’s deadline of December 2020. By signing this petition, you are thanking the Army Corps of Engineers for finally taking action to repair Buckley Dam for the sake of salmon lives.


Dear Lieutenant General Bostick,

I want to thank you for your efforts toward saving the salmon population in the Pacific Northwest by repairing Buckley Dam. The dam has tortured this beloved salmon population for years. Your action to fix the dam will save thousands of salmon, including the endangered Chinook species.

Your efforts should be applauded. The salmon’s annual swim upstream is already hard enough without a damaged and dangerous dam in the way. The dam’s deadly condition undermines the millions of dollars invested in salmon restoration in the area. Now, the repair will prevent thousands of salmon deaths each year. I hope this decision to save our country’s wildlife will encourage further action toward protecting our natural resources. Once again, thank you for saving Seattle’s salmon.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Walter Baxter via Google Images

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