Tag Archives: dams

WAWG expresses concern over transportation study

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) joined with Pacific Northwest Waterways Association and the Washington Public Ports Association in a letter to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) regarding the transportation study on how to replace barging capabilities on the lower Snake River. The group contends the study fails to address the requirements laid out in the budget ... Read More »

Ignoring Risks: A Hydropower Industry Wake-up Call

From Water Power Magazine By Kurt Miller Northwest Public Power Association For the past five years, I’ve worked as a hydropower advocate, which has given me some great opportunities. For instance, I was a keynote speaker at the Hydropower International Conference in 2022 and CEATI’s Hydropower Conference in 2023. I even graced the January 2023 cover of Hydro Leader Magazine. ... Read More »

National waterways group opposes Snake River dam removal

From the Capital Press The potential removal of the lower Snake River dams would have “far-reaching impacts” beyond the Pacific Northwest, according to the leader of a national inland waterways advocacy group. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Corps: Dam greenhouse gas report ‘misleading without context

From the Capital Press A report from an environmental group that claims the lower Snake River dams are a major source of greenhouse gases is “misleading without context,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

What if … A look at the fallout if the lower Snake River dams are demolished

From the Capital Press Final authority to breach the four lower Snake River dams remains with the 535 members of Congress. But agricultural stakeholders, tribes and environmental groups agree on one thing: The Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative recently signed by the Biden administration, four Northwest tribes and the states of Oregon and Washington is a pathway to breaching the dams. ... Read More »

Opinion: Washington state is already facing an energy crisis

By Kurt Miller Originally published in the Spokesman-Review As we navigate the complexities of our energy future, it’s crucial to base our decisions on solid data and a comprehensive understanding of the consequences. Suggestions that we can remove productive hydropower dams (as shared in a recent op-ed by Bill Arthur and Emily Washines, “Bold blueprint for salmon restoration puts region ... Read More »

Judge grants Snake River dam litigation stay through 2028

From the Capital Press U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has approved a memorandum of understanding negotiated by the Biden administration and litigants in a lawsuit over Snake River dam operations. The agreement stays the lawsuit until Dec. 13, 2028, with the possibility of another five-year extension. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WAWG Executive Director appears on Fox News

Early Sunday morning, Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ Executive Director Michelle Hennings sat down for an interview with Fox News to stress how critical the dams are for the transportation of wheat and other products to export terminals in Portland. She made sure to stress that this is not just a local issue, but a national issue, as products from ... Read More »

McMorris Rodgers Announces Congressional Hearing on Protecting the Lower Snake River Dams

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has announced a hearing titled “Exposing President Biden’s Plan to Dismantle the Snake River Dams and the Negative Impacts to the U.S,” scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live-streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov/. “The Columbia River System and the ... Read More »

Washington lawmakers question CEQ on dam litigation settlement

Four members of Washington’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) questioning how the U.S. government plans to finance the commitments outlined in the lower Snake River dams settlement agreement, which was released last month. The letter was sent by Reps. Kim Schrier, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Dan Newhouse. “Some language ... Read More »