Millions of people in over 100 countries on six continents will join together on this upcoming fourth Sunday of September every year to celebrate and participate in World Rivers Day. This year’s celebration is on September 25th.
This year is being pointed to as a banner year for salmon and steelhead returning to Idaho. Politicians and news outlets have been sharing the big bump in numbers in 2022, implying that it is a harbinger of good years ahead and a sign of salmon populations recovering, even though the Lower Snake River Dams remain in place.
However, the long-term reality for salmon runs remains one of steep decline towards extinction and dispels any meaning derived from recent short-term increases in return numbers.