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What about those dams?

Post by David Seago on May 30, 2006 at 3:47 pm with No Comments »
May 30, 2006 3:47 pm

Two visitors from groups that favor breaching four federal dams on the Lower Snake River to help endangered salmon runs met with the editorial board today. Their pitch was a little different from what we’re used to hearing from this camp.

Instead of simply advocating dam-breaching, they argued the four states involved – Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana – should agree on a comprehensive study assessing all of the options for saving salmon on the Columbia-Snake river system. In other words, let’s find out for sure if the enviro’s claim that breaching would be a cheaper solution over the long run is true. Otherwise, they argue, the region will keep spending millions on fruitless legal battles and futile salmon-recovery efforts.

Next development to watch for: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule soon whether a federal judge in Portland was right to toss out the Bush administration’s 2004 salmon recovery plan for the Columbia-Snake rivers.

The guests: Marc Krasnowsky, communications director for the Northwest Energy Coalition ( and Michael Garrity of the Northwest office of American Rivers (

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