Squires: It Is Not Clear If Dams Are Responsible For Salmon Runs

Nearly 50 potentially impacted organizations recently penned a letter to Idaho Representative Mike Simpson opposing his proposal to breach the four Snake River dams. Washington Grain Commission CEO Glen Squires said there are better ways to handle issues with salmon recovery, particularly since roughly 90-95% of the fish safely make it through the dam. “The main […]

Simpson: Farmers Will Be OK If Dams Are Breached

Removing the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington has been a controversial topic for the Northwest farming community for over a generation. Supporters of removing the dams say it will help the environment and specifically salmon runs as they return upstream to spawn. Meanwhile, many in the Ag community say breaching the dams […]

Newhouse Reacts To Simpson’s Dam Proposal

Last month, Idaho representative Mike Simpson unveiled a $34 billion plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams in eastern Washington. Many in the farming community say Simpson’s Energy & Salmon Concept will ruin farming since the dams allow for barge traffic between Lewiston and the Pacific. Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Western Congressional […]

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 […]

Final EIS Calls For Snake River Dams To Remain

On Friday, the federal government released it’s Final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the four lower Snake River dams. In the report, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and BPA called for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster. The three agencies said they looked at balancing […]

Newhouse Reminding Northwest To Comment On Draft EIS Before Comment Period Closes

Monday is the deadline to submit comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the four lower Snake River dams. In late February, that draft was released, showing the removal of the dams would have a detrimental impact to the Inland Northwest and beyond. But, no final decision will be issued until the current comment […]

Washington, Oregon Democrats Call For More Time To Comment On Draft EIS

Lawmakers from Washington and Oregon are urging  the Council on Environmental Quality to extend the initial 45-day comment period for the Snake River Dam draft EIS. Saying the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the Northwest demands the full attention of local and state governments, the lawmakers have asked for an extension so in person, public comments can […]

Northwest Ag Community Reminded To Comment On Snake River Dam EIS Draft

The comment period regarding the Snake River Dams Environmental Impact Statement draft is currently taking place. In late February, the federal government released the draft EIS which said removing the four dams would destabilize the power grid and increase overall greenhouse emission. While the announcement was welcomed news by most of the Ag community, supporters […]

Coronavirus Impacts Seattle Portland EIS Meetings

Because of the spread of the coronavirus, the federal government announced Thursday that two Columbia River System public comment meetings have been changed. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration decided that the in-person public comment meetings planned for Seattle and Portland will not be held […]

Schmick: Ag Community Can’t Remain On Sidelines In Dams Debate

In late February, the federal government released its draft EIS saying that removing the four lower Snake River dams would be detrimental to the region, and those dams should remain. However, supporters of the dams are quick to point out that the fight is not over. With last month’s draft, comes an open comment period […]