WPC: Proposed Legislation Punishes Rural Washington, Farmers

The Washington farming community is buzzing about legislation that many fear will kill the Ag economy across the state. House Bill 1838, looks to mandate riparian buffers around all waters statewide in an effort to help fish restoration and address climate change. Under the proposed legislation the state would have the power to require forested […]

Improvements To Duffner Ditch Good For Fish, Farmers

A newly completed project on a tributary of the Nooksack River is improving life for both salmon and farmers. Salmon will again be able to spawn in Duffner Ditch, thanks to a state-of-the-art fish-friendly floodgate, which replaced an older, inefficient floodgate that was minimizing salmon habitat. The old floodgate was also leaving a lot of […]

Inslee, Murray Looking At Ways To Remove the Snake River Dams

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray are exploring options to breach the lower Snake River dams. According to the Spokesman-Review, Inslee made that announcement during a virtual gathering of Washington environmentalists Thursday. During a fundraiser organized by Washington Conservation Voters, the governor said he and Washington’s senior senator are working on “a rigorous, […]

Fish Netted At Lower Granite Now Part of Idaho Hatchery

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, an emergency trap-and-truck operation of sockeye salmon bound for the Snake and Salmon rivers netted enough fish to sustain an elaborate hatchery program. IDFG announced Tuesday 201 salmon were captured at Lower Granite Dam last month and then driven to the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern […]

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. […]

Duvall Tours Dams, Promotes Idaho Ag

Late last month, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall toured several farms in western Idaho, as well as the Snake River dams. Idaho Farm Bureau Federation President Bryan Searle said having Duvall in the Northwest to put a national spotlight on the issue of the Snake River dams was welcomed. Searle said they took […]

Feds Looking A Cutting Back on Salmon Fishing Along The West Coast

Federal officials have proposed curtailing nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast especially in challenging years in an effort to assist Northwest endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when Chinook salmon forecasts are especially low. The southern resident killer whales, […]

Newhouse Advocates For Dams At Environmental Conference

Last week, Representative Dan Newhouse served as a keynote speaker at the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s 2021 Environmental Conference at Boise State University. The Conference, “Energy, Salmon, Agriculture and Community” focused on the survival of salmon, energy production and economic development across the Pacific Northwest. Other key note speakers included Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer, […]