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, […]

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 […]

Science Shows Dams And Salmon Can Coexist, Newhouse Says

Many in the environmental community say for the Chinook salmon to survive, the four lower Snake River dams must be removed. However the farming community is quick to point out the issue is not nearly a black and white one, saying there are several factors impacting the number of salmon that return to the Snake […]

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, […]

Lawmakers Frustrated Over Communication Between Simpson, Brown Offices

Republican lawmakers from Washington and Oregon have expressed their frustration over conversations focused on a proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams. Washington’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse as well as Cliff Bentz issued a joint statement Wednesday after learning that the office of Idaho Representative Mike Simpson has been communicating with […]

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 […]