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Cleveland Will Protect
Dams and Idaho Water

by Scott Cleveland
Idaho Dispatch, April 10, 2024

In retrospect, the number of returning adult salmon was relatively level from 1938 through 1990.  The precipitous loss of returning chinook entering the Snake River (Figure 20) accounts for a major share of the decline that has occurred in total return to the Columbia -- Artificial Production Review, NW Power & Conservation Council I'm Scott Cleveland and I'm the Republican candidate for Idaho's U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District on May 21st.

My opponent is career politician, Mike Simpson. While Mike Simpson has supported the dairy industry in the past, his position has changed, and his policies are a direct threat to the economic interest of all Idahoans including Idaho dairymen.

Specifically, Mike Simpson has been leading the charge to remove the four dams on the lower Snake River.

Anyone in the dairy industry or supporting the dairy industry should support my campaign because the facts speak for themselves. Mike Simpson cut a backroom deal with Joe Biden on September 25, 2023, to tear down the four lower Snake River dams. With the help of Trout Unlimited USA, and the Idaho Conservation League, a deal was struck and on September 27, 2023, Biden put out a memo to all federal agencies with clear instructions on breaching the dams beginning with Lower Granite in 2030.

Simpson didn't include the dairy industry or the water users of Idaho in any of these negotiations. Simpson's lack of transparency with Idahoans was finally presented to the water users and their water attorneys after the deal was completed. We have the Biden memo, and we have the testimony of the water interests from throughout the state to prove the facts of this September 2023 meeting.

To add insult to injury, Mike Simpson sent his Chief of Staff, Lindsay Slater to be the Vice President for Government Affairs (head lobbyist) for Trout Unlimited USA in April 2023. Slater's main job will be to lobby the U.S. Senate and House to begin the process of removing the dams beginning in 2030…just six years from now.

Make no mistake! Simpson is working against the dairy industry, the water users and the entire state of Idaho. The rest of the Idaho Congressional delegation and the Governor of Idaho all oppose the secret, clandestine move by Simpson and Biden.

Just imagine: Should Simpson and Biden get re-elected, the destruction of Idaho dams will move forward.

I will never support anyone who wants to destroy any water storage in Idaho. In fact, I will push for expanded storage on every dam that can safely increase storage capacity. I also will push for the construction of a new properly constructed Teton Dam. I will also look for other projects to build such as Twin Pines on the Boise River. There are others that also deserve serious consideration for construction over the next five to ten years.

Idaho needs more electric power, more water storage, and more water in the Snake River system. And the aquifer needs to be replenished through a massive increase in recharge. Teton Dam could significantly contribute to all these needs and more.

Every dairy operator in Idaho should vote for me because I will protect Idaho water, save our dams, and work to expand storage on the Snake River and its tributaries.

The choice is clear. The career politician who wants to destroy dams, or Scott Cleveland, a man who will always protect Idaho water and work with the delegation and the Governor to build more water storage and create more renewable energy with new water projects.

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Scott Cleveland
Cleveland Will Protect Dams and Idaho Water
Idaho Dispatch, April 10, 2024

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