Remove Dams to Protect Endangered Salmon and Orcas

Target: Robyn Thorson, Director of the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Remove the lower Snake River dams to save salmon and protect Southern Resident orcas.

Salmon and orcas in the Pacific Northwest continue to suffer from a set of dams that environmentalists and indigenous groups have been pushing to remove for years. The lower Snake River dams stop salmon from reaching the ocean, resulting in population decline and a reduced food source for orcas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to recognize the disastrous effects the dams have had on Northwest wildlife, claiming in a recent report that there was no need to remove them.

The review carried out by the federal government was supposed to consider the best ways to support endangered salmon species. The decision claiming dam removal is not needed was met by outcry from the scientific community. Scientists have long pushed for the dams to be removed because of the ecological damage they cause.

Dams prevent salmon from swimming upstream to where they spawn, making it difficult for them to reproduce. This results in a decline in salmon, which orcas depend on to survive. When there are fewer salmon, the orcas don’t have anything to eat. Both orcas and salmon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Despite this legal protection, no plans have been made to remove the dams that are doing them the most harm.

These endangered species deserve real action to protect them from extinction. Sign the petition below to demand that the Snake River Dams be removed to protect salmon and orcas.


Dear Ms. Thorson,

A federal review of the Columbia River dams neglected the advice of scientists and failed to consider how salmon and orcas are affected by the dams. Real action must be taken to ensure the survival of salmon and orca species. They are endangered and have both suffered from the existence of the dams on Snake River. These dams stop salmon from swimming upstream and spawning, causing their population to decline. Orcas depend on salmon for their food source.

Scientists have been pushing for the Snake River dams to be removed for years because of their detrimental effect on both salmon and orcas. I demand you heed their advice and expertise before two endangered species are lost forever.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Greg Schechter


  1. Teresa Zamalloa says:

    Dear Ms. Thorson,

    Please order that the dams on Snake River be removed so they don’t stop the salmon from reaching the ocean, resulting in population decline and a reduced food source for orcas.

    Thank you for your kind consideration to this request!

  2. Milantia Roy says:

    The survival of the orcas depends on the salmon … so we ask you to please take into consideration the immediate removal of the damn on the Snake River.
    Thank you Ms. Thorson

  3. We must protect our wildlife whenever and wherever possible. caving to the monetary gains of some is never the answer and nothing, wildlife, the environment, humans should not have to be sickened or die, become extinct in the name of corporate greed and profits. IN MY OPINION

  4. Jose Espino says:

    These are environmental subjects that shouldn’t even be asked to be done. I’m sure Mr. Robyn Thorson, being Director of the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service knows the level of harm to the ecosystem these dams are doing. You cannot have someone holding his position with such level of ignorance not to know this. The harm to the environment may not be visible just yet but give it some years down the road and it will be, and then it will also be too late to recover. So. Mr. Thorson, think of what you are allowing to happen to the future of our world, it is not your world, it is not, your rivers and waterways and they are not your Salmons and Orcas. These are God given to everyone in this planet, therefore act like an intelligent man and take the damned dams off before is too late.

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