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 […]

Dam Breaching Hearings Set For Early 2020

The consulting firm looking at how removing the Snake River dams could impact the Central and Eastern Washington economies have announced workshops to discuss the proposal.  Hearings were initially scheduled for Vancouver and Clarkston for early next year; the exact dates were not given.  However, the lack of a Central Washington location did not sit […]

McMorris Rodgers: Dams An Eco-Friendly Form Of Transportation

The fight over the Columbia and Snake Rivers dams continues back in D.C.  On Wednesday, eastern Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers went before the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, and addressed the need to keep the dams as the U.S. strives for clean energy.  She noted the dams, which are so vital […]

Tribes Want Dams Removed

Two Northwest tribes are calling for the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.  On Monday, the Lummi Nation and the Yakama Nation said the U.S. government violated a treaty from 1855 when it built the concrete dams on the lower Columbia River.  The construction of the Bonneville, John Day and Dalles […]

Dye: Seattle Should Address Their Problems Before Trying To Remove Snake River Dams

The Inland Northwest farming community spent much of 2019 hot under the collar, primarily because of Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to allocate $750,000 in state funds to a study looking at the economic impact of removing the lower Snake River dams.  State Representative Mary Dye said this is just the latest effort in decades of […]

Fed Looking At Killing Sea Lions To Save Salmon

Federal officials announced Friday, more than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost populations of salmon and steelhead.  The National Marine Fisheries Service said it’s taking public comments now through October 29th on the plan requested by Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Native […]