Study recent proposals for drawdowns and breaching dams in the Columbia River Basin10. Write a letter expressing your views and your justification for them to your legislator.

Construct an essay to persuade the reader that the situation called a salmon crisis is a hype by the media, because salmon can be easily purchased in the supermarket. Write a second essay that explains to the reader the distinction between farmed and wild fish. Alternatively, construct an essay to persuade the reader that fishers are responsible for the salmon crisis. Write a second essay that explains to the reader other kinds of activities that are impacting the fish throughout the Basin, as well as in the ocean.

Develop a map of your watershed and plot the locations of major land use activities. Find out how these activities are managed. Define their potential environmental impacts, as well as steps that are being, or can be, taken to mitigate the impacts.

Explore changes you can make in your day-to-day activities to help protect the fisheries resources of Oregon. Create a list of 50 Ways to Help Oregon's Salmon11 and Ocean Resources. Start implementing the practices you've listed. Pass it on.

Check out Salmon-Safe foods, a program in which the Pacific Rivers Council certifies growers who meet criteria on controlling stream pollution, erosion, and pest and weed controls. Develop and conduct a survey as to whether or not people would preferentially purchase such foods.


10Estimates are that combined mortality from spillway and turbine passage is 15% at each dam, and greater furing low-flow years.

11Consider, as well, participating in a program such as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Salmon Trout Enhancement Program, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission F.I.S.H. Habitat Education Program, and Salmon Watch.

Index
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Bibliography
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