Schoesler Critical Of Study Looking At Removal Of Snake River Dams

Last month, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he and senator Patty Murray were exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. Conservation groups and northwest tribes have increased efforts as of recent to remove the four dams located between Lewiston, ID and Pasco, WA. Those dams are located in state Senator Mark Schoesler’s […]

CGI Continues To Support Saving The Snake River Dams

Removing the Snake River dams will hurt not only the farming industry, but the residents of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, for years to come, that according to Columbia Grain International. Jeff Van Pevenage, President and CEO of CGI said removing the dams means grains will cost more, which will hit everyone in the pocketbook. […]

IFBF Opposes Any Plan To Remove Snake River Dams

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation is making it known that it strongly opposes Idaho Representative Mike Simpson’s proposal to remove the four lower Snake River dams. Simpson’s plan would create a $33 billion “Columbia Basin Fund” in an effort to transition economies and sectors negatively impacted by breaching the dams. Idaho Farm Bureau’s Sean Ellis […]

Idaho Salmon Workgroup Expected To Release Recommendations This Month

The Idaho Salmon Workgroup, created by Governor Brad Little has wrapped up their work to address fish populations in the Northwest. Brian Brooks is not only a member of ISW, but he is also the executive director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. He said the most crucial recommendation, removing four dams on the lower Snake […]

Environmental Groups Ask That Dams Be Breached

Late last month, several federal agencies, including the Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and BPA signed an Environmental Impact Statement keeping the four lower Snake River dams in place. Last week, several environmental groups announced plans to file a suit against the federal government saying not enough was being done to protect salmon […]

Federal Agencies Sign EIS, Keeping Snake River Dams

Earlier this week, several federal agencies signs the Environmental Impact Statement regarding management of the Columbia and Snake River systems. The draft EIS, which was released earlier this year, said removing the Snake River dams would destabilize the power grid and increase greenhouse emissions. The risk of a regional power shortages, the report said, would […]

WPC: People Want to Keep Dams, Help Salmon

The Washington Policy Center recently conducted a poll to see what people know about the Snake River dams, and their willingness to remove those dams.  WPC conducted its poll November 18th through the 21st, asking Washingtonians what they know about the Snake River dams and their interest in helping migrating salmon.  According to the Center’s […]

CSRIA Lays Out Financial Case For Snake River Dams

Because of the Columbia-Snake River EAS litigation, the study looking at the economic impact of removing the four lower Snake River dams, local irrigators have responded.  Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association has developed a Risk Mitigation Response Alternative to protect assets from adverse economic impacts caused by dam breaching and project pool draw downs.  CSRIA said […]

McMorris Rodgers: Many Take Regional Dams For Granted

As some look to have dams removed in the name of the environment, many in the Ag community are off the sidelines, defending the dams and what they’ve done for the Inland Northwest and beyond.  One of those is Cathy McMorris Rodgers.   The Eastern Washington representative is an outspoken critic of the idea floated […]