Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake
Herald and News 2/16/20
(AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of
removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in
Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase
endangered salmon runs.
Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic
Gov. Jay Inslee this week, offering her support for removing
outraged Washington state’s three Republican U.S. House
members, who want to keep the dams, the Tri-City Herald
position is not only misguided, it is shocking and extreme,”
said Reps. Dan Newhouse, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime
Herrera Beutler, in a joint statement Friday afternoon.
The three said
it is best to wait for the release of a federal
environmental study of the Columbia and Snake river
hydrosystems that was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge
Michael Simon of Portland.
The four dams
are located along the Snake River from Pasco to near
Brown said it
is clear the “most certain and robust solution to Snake
River salmon and steelhead recovery” is removing the dams.
action has the potential to improve overall survival
two-to-three fold,” she said.
generate electricity, provide some irrigation and flood
control and allow barges to operate all the way to Lewiston,
Idaho. But they are also blamed for killing salmon and
steelhead that are migrating to the ocean or back to their
The state of
Washington, under an initiative spearheaded by Inslee, has
been gathering information on what Northwest residents think
about breaching the four dams. That report is expected in
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