Tag Archives: dams

Spokane County wheat farmer takes part in dam campaign

Marci Green, a Spokane County wheat farmer and a past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, is helping promote the benefits provided by the lower Snake River dams by narrating a commercial running on broadcast and cable TV, streaming video, and social media channels. Read More »

Newhouse commentary: Biden administration ignores the facts – dams are not the problem

From the Capital Press It is completely mind-boggling that amidst an energy and supply chain crisis, President Biden would remove a source of power and transportation for an entire region. Yet, just recently, the White House updated their blog with a post about doing just that: breaching the four Lower Snake River Dams. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

White House study of lower Snake River dams raises farmers’ questions

From the Capital Press The White House Council on Environmental Quality says in a post on its website that it is studying the fate of four lower Snake River dams — and the rest of the Columbia Basin. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Critical Snake River dams stir debate

From DTN When Chandler Goule was asked at Commodity Classic last month in New Orleans about infrastructure investments, the CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers took the time to highlight the value of river transportation. He repeatedly warned about the risks to wheat growers over a raging debate in the Pacific Northwest about four dams on the lower ... Read More »

Tearing out lower Snake River dams gaining support in D.C. and WA state

From the Tri-City Herald For more than two decades Eastern Washington residents have heard proposals to tear out the lower Snake River dams, but only recently has the idea gotten bipartisan support in the nation’s capital, said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash. He organized a roundtable discussion in Richland on Tuesday, National Agriculture Day, that served as a rally to save ... Read More »

Facts About U.S. Wheat Exports And The Columbia Snake River System

From U.S. Wheat Associates The Columbia Snake River System is the network of federal dams and locks on the Columbia River and connected water bodies, including the Snake River. This system enables grain barges to carry wheat 360 miles from Lewiston, Idaho, to export elevators as far west as Longview, Wash. In marketing years 2019/20 and 2020/21, more than 55% ... Read More »

WAWG authors letter defending river system

More than 100 national agricultural organizations, regional/state organizations and companies have signed onto a letter to Pres. Joe Biden, authored by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), expressing support for the Columbia-Snake River System. “On behalf of the undersigned organizations representing farmers and businesses across the agricultural value chain, we write to express our strong support for preserving the ... Read More »

Update to our membership regarding the lower Snake River dams

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission were contacted by the staff of Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray this week to make us aware of a forthcoming process to investigate the economic and environmental impacts of breaching the four lower Snake River dams. As reported in several media outlets, Gov. Inslee commented on his ... Read More »

Dams: One structure, many benefits

From bpa.gov At first glance, dams look like they only hold back and store water, but they actually do so much more. Dams can help protect communities from floods, provide water to irrigate farmland, enable safe passage for boats and barges, create places to play on the river and provide the Northwest with renewable, carbon-free electricity. While not all dams ... Read More »

The Dalles Dam lock to be closed five weeks in early 2022

From the Capital Press The navigation lock at The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River will be closed for repairs for five weeks early next year. That’s three weeks longer than the usual two-week closure for repairs each year. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »