Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake
KATU 2 May 21, 2019
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay
Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to
best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the
Snake River are breached.
The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the
Snake and Columbia river systems.
Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination on
an environmental platform, signed the state's operating budget
on Tuesday. The budget included money for the dam study.
Two Republican members of Congress from eastern Washington had
urged Inslee to veto funding for the study.
U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse say the study
is a waste of taxpayer dollars because the dams are owned and
operated by the federal government.
They say the money should instead be used to fund salmon
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