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U.S. Would Lose $2.3 Billion if Barging is Lost
Through Breach of Lower Snake River Dams

by Staff
Hydro Review, January 10, 2020

US Department of Energy, Center for Transportation Analysis contends
Train has been more efficient than barge since the mid-1990s

Map: Lower Snake River Dam: Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite are the four dams advocates hope to see breached. (Courtesy Corps of Engineers) If barging on the lower Snake River is lost through removal of four dams and hydroelectric projects, that would cost the U.S. over $2.3 billion over the next 30 years; lead to significant additional carbon emissions that contribute to climate change; and jeopardize health, safety and livelihoods in already economically fragile local and regional economies.

This finding comes from an independent evaluation commissioned by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. The study was performed by financial and economic consultants FCS Group to assess impacts that would result if barging on the Snake River is lost. Not captured in this report are significant additional effects due to the loss of hydropower, irrigation and other authorized uses, the association says.

Below are the findings of this study:

PNWA is a non-profit trade association of ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals who support navigation, energy, trade and economic development throughout the region.

U.S. Would Lose $2.3 Billion if Barging is Lost Through Breach of Lower Snake River Dams
Hydro Review, January 10, 2020

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