Tag Archives: dams

Zippy Duvall: American Farm Bureau President speaks on issues crucial to NW farmers

From the Capital Press Zippy Duvall recently got an up-close look at the Lower Granite Dam, one of four dams Pacific Northwest farmers say are critical to their livelihoods. Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, toured the area to learn more about the lower Snake River dams and offer his support to the region’s farmers. Read the rest ... Read More »

Lawsuit seeks more spill over Columbia Basin dams for salmon

From the Capital Press The record-shattering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has prompted fishing and conservation groups to ask a federal court to order more spill from dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers next spring to aid the migration of salmon and steelhead to the Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Inslee tells tribes Washington’s Snake dams could be replaced. Will he even listen to Tri-Cities?

From the Tri-City Herald Is Gov. Jay Inslee plotting to get rid of the four lower Snake River dams? Or did he offer them up in a meeting Thursday primarily as a way to appease Washington state tribal leaders?Tri-Citians and other dam stakeholders deserve clarity on the governor’s position, and they deserve it now. Read the rest here. Read More »

Wheat farmers ponder Simpson’s next dam moves

From the Capital Press Northwest wheat industry leaders say Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to remove four dams on the lower Snake River has little support. But they worry about what the Republican  congressman could do to push the plan through anyway. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Banding together to protect the lower Snake River dams

Breaching is not the solution Nearly 50 agricultural, barge, power and port organizations, along with river pilots, cities, fishermen and exporters based in the Northwest, have signed onto a letter opposing Rep. Mike Simpson’s $34 billion proposal to breach the four lower Snake River dams. The three-page letter, which is being sent to 30 of the region’s politicians, including governors, ... Read More »

PNW wheat industry offers congressman feedback on dam proposal

The wheat organizations of Idaho, Oregon and Washington have collaborated on a letter to Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson offering feedback on his proposal, including clearing up some misconceptions espoused in the plan and in Simpson’s comments since he released it, including the fact that Washington farmers use water from Idaho to “compete” with Idaho farmers. Representative Simpson: On behalf of ... Read More »

Coalition letter supporting dams goes out to regional legislators

WAWG and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) have joined more than 40 river stakeholders on a letter sent to the Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana congressional delegations and the governors of all four states. The letter points out that there is no assurance that Idaho fish runs will be restored if the four lower Snake River dams are breached, and ... Read More »

Snake River dams: Floating the Pacific Northwest Economy

The lower Snake River and its four dams is a multi-purpose system balancing economic benefits and environmental protection for the entire Pacific Northwest. The dams continue to make our region strong and balanced by irrigating our farms, shipping our goods, generating clean power, and supporting our economies. Join Karl for the sixth episode of the 22nd Annual Tri-Cities Regional Economic ... Read More »

Simpson’s salmon recovery, dam breaching plan a ‘nonstarter,’ ag reps say

From the Capital Press U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says his plan to end all salmon litigation and remove four Snake River dams would offer agriculture unprecedented legal protection, but industry stakeholders say it’s a non-starter. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Congressman plans to breach dams

Lower Snake River Dams targeted again, increasing carbon with end to navigation and removing clean power  From the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission A southern Idaho Congressman who has more than a dozen dams within his state without fish passage has floated a plan to breach the four lower Snake River dams, dams that contain some ... Read More »