American Rivers
APRIL 9, 2004
2:45 PM
CONTACT:  American Rivers
Michael Garrity 206-213-0330, ext. 11
Vicki Paris 503-230-0421, ext. 18
Major Announcement Regarding Rivers and Salmon Protection on April 14
Press Conference and Rally to Highlight Bush Administration's Failures

SEATTLE, WA - April 9 -

What: Press Conference and Rally about a major salmon and river protection announcement

Dramatic visuals for TV will include a giant inflatable salmon, salmon costumes and a salmon puppet set in front of the Willamette River with several supporting fishing activists in their boats in the background.

B-Roll will be available via satellite feed on April 14. Please contact Amy Souers at American Rivers for the coordinates -- (206) 213-0330, ext. 23.

Who: Representatives from conservation organizations, sportfishing and commercial fishing communities and businesses, tribal representatives and other concerned citizens (an official speaker's list will be available on Monday)

When: April 14 at 10:30 am Pacific

Where: Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park at the end of SW Salmon Street on Naito Parkway (directly on the water across from the Salmon Springs Fountain) Parking available in pay lots across SW Front Avenue.

Due to increasing failures of the Bush administration and its agencies to protect wild salmon and steelhead on the Columbia and Snake rivers, representatives from sport and commercial fishing communities, businesses, regional tribes and conservation organizations are making an important announcement next Wednesday. This announcement comes on the eve of the Bonneville Power Administration's decision to reduce or eliminate summer spill at four dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers - actions condemned by state, federal and tribal fishery biologists.