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 country to efficiently transport their product in a way that provides significant benefits to both the economy and environment, and most importantly, helps farmers feed people around the world. While we appreciate Sen. Murray and Gov. Inslee’s acknowledgment of the critical role these dams play for agriculture and recognition of the lack of feasibility in breaching the dams in the current environment, Washington wheat growers remain opposed to any actions by federal or state governments that leave dam breaching on the table. Simply put, the benefits provided by barges cannot be replaced by other methods of transportation,” said WAWG Executive Director Michelle Hennings. “We remain committed to working alongside government officials and the broader stakeholder community to achieve science-based solutions that facilitate a healthy salmon population and support the viability of family-owned farms and businesses.”

WAWG filed public comments in response to the Draft Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report published on June 9.

The final report can be seen here.