John Freemuth recently was featured in an article written by the Lewiston Tribune about wild salmon life and dams in Washington. Four hundred Washington residents were surveyed about their opinions on preserving wild Snake River Salmon. When told that transportation on the four dams in Eastern Washington had decreased 70 percent over the last 20 years, respondents answered that they would be willing to pay slightly more for their electricity bills to have the dams breached.
“This poll confirms what we’ve known all along: Northwest residents are more than willing to do what it takes to save our region’s wild salmon,” said Todd True, senior attorney for Earthjustice at Seattle, in a news release. Freemuth, who specializes in public land and resource management policy in the West said that surveying people through polls can serve as a “jumping-off point” that allows people to start the conversation about controversial topics.