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If the four Lower Snake River (LSR) dams are breached...

  • Q. How long will it take to implement the mitigation efforts?

  • A. Good question.

    Irrigation and Wheat Transportation:
    Graphic: Energy Strategies analysis used 77 years of historic water flows, and 80 years of Temperature/Load data to run 6160 simulations in NW Power & Conservation Council's GENESYS to determine the Northwest's resource adequacy. The installation timing of pipes and rails will depend on the leadership and organization of the affected States and their coordination with US Army Corps of Engineers.

    Electricity from the LSR dams is already in surplus to the Northwest power needs. Many studies have shown this to be the case with the most recent being Bonneville Power Administration's 2018 Resource Program (September 2018):

    1.3 Conclusions
    … The least-cost mix of resources that will meet Bonneville’s expected energy needs consists of conservation and energy purchased from the market.

    This uncertainty comes from a number of factors, which include… 5) Departure of Existing Resources. Nonetheless, a qualitative assessment of the (uncertain) factors listed above suggests that demand for balancing reserves, particularly in the first half of the 20-year study horizon, is unlikely to reach the 900 MW of incremental reserves that the Federal Columbia River Power System has provided in the past.

    2.4 Conclusions
    … Bonneville is not forecasting a winter capacity need during the 20-year forecast period but does see a summer capacity need as early as 2025.--

    -- Bonneville Power Administration 2018 Resource Program (September 2018)

    Breaching is reversible, extinction and ecosystem collapse is not.

    The concept of sustainability has been increasingly brought into focus as we have become convinced that all systems on earth are interrelated and that many of today’s problems were the solutions of yesterday. Sustainability is, however, a very old concept. Most American Indian cultures understood the importance of sustainability and sustainable development, living in harmony with all things.

    Many people are familiar with the Seventh Generation philosophy commonly credited to the Iroquois Confederacy but practiced by many Native nations. The Seventh Generation philosophy mandated that tribal decision makers consider the effects of their actions and decisions for descendents seven generations into the future. There was a clear understanding that everything we do has consequences for something and someone else, reminding us that we are all ultimately connected to creation.

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