Idaho’s salmon and steelhead have a 400 to over 800 mile journey from the ocean to their spawning streams in Idaho. They climb 1000’s of feet in elevation. In the process they need to negotiate 8 dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The four dams on the lower Snake River are of considerable concern to the continued survival of Idaho salmon and steelhead. These dams back up 140 miles of the Snake River. They increase summer river water temperate, increase the number days for smolts to move downstream, decrease spawning areas, increase predator opportunity and produce poor quality food. Eric Crawford, TU’s North Idaho Field Coordinator will be giving a presentation on this issue at the Shilo Inn, 780 Lindsay Blvd, Idaho Falls, on Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 6:30 pm. Eric Crawford is the North Idaho Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited’s, Sportsman Conservation Project. The Sportsmen Conservation Project works to protect coldwater fisheries and their watersheds through enhanced public land protections and sportsman engagement. Eric’s specific focus is on the Snake River Basin’s salmon and steelhead, including the Lower Snake River dams. In part, his work is focused on restoring and maintaining Abundant, Resilient and Self-Sustaining wild salmon and steelhead populations in the Snake River Basin, Eric will review the current status of Idaho steelhead, the issues affecting their recovery, and discuss opportunities for engagement.