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PNW stakeholders send letter supporting dams to ag secretary

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) joined with other Pacific Northwest agricultural stakeholders in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, outlining concerns over increasing rhetoric at the federal level on breaching the lower Snake River dams and highlighting the importance of the entire Columbia-Snake River System to the U.S. “… We are increasingly concerned that the USG ... Read More »

Senate Democrats propose more Snake River dams studies

From the Capital Press Washington Senate Democrats propose funding studies on replacing the electricity and irrigation benefits from the four Lower Snake River dams. Read the article here. Read More »

Legislation Supports Barge Transportation And Lower Snake River Dams

From U.S. Wheat Associates A coalition of U.S. farm and food industry groups recently expressed support for a bipartisan Congressional agreement that, in part, maintains navigational access to the Lower Snake River Dams. The Agricultural Transportation Working Group noted that the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 helps protect U.S. agriculture’s dependence on comprehensive transportation system including inland waterways ... Read More »

WAWG responds to lower Snake River dams final report

Recommends wheat farmers maintain strong opposition to dam breaching. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) released the following statement in response to the findings of the final Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report and the recommendations from Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee: “The lower Snake River dams allow wheat farmers in Washington and across the ... Read More »

Columbia Grain CEO: Keep Snake River dams

From world-grain.com Columbia Grain International (CGI) has joined Columbia Snake River System supporters in the agriculture industry who are warning of dire consequences if four dams are breached as part of a joint federal-state project to restore the local salmon population. “We need to keep the lower Snake River dams,” said Jeff Van Pevenage, president and chief executive officer of ... Read More »

Ag stakeholders reject White House draft reports on dam breaching

From the Capital Press Agricultural industry representatives have roundly criticized a pair of White House draft reports on breaching four lower Snake River dams, saying the documents fail to consider the greater impact on the environment and the economy. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Growers concerned with White House report on Columbia Basin salmon, steelhead

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) today expressed disappointment with the draft “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” report released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which included recommendations to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams (LSRD).  “Unfortunately, the report released today fails to consider the impacts breaching the lower Snake ... Read More »

Dams are essential to wheat farmers

Wheat growers challenge scientific accuracy, economic impacts of LSRD report  The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) filed public comments in response to the Draft Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report published on June 9. On behalf of over 4,000 members, WAWG urged Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider the direction of the Joint Federal-State ... Read More »

Study: Dam proposal puts region behind in goal of ‘decarbonizing’ NW electrical grid

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest is already behind in reaching political leaders’ goal of “decarbonizing” the electric grid, and replacing the lower Snake River dams would only add more cost, create delays and generate more carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northwest RiverPartners. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »