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Groups Want Snake River
Dam Removal on Obama's Table

by Staff
The Oregonian, April 27, 2009

The Sierra Club and six other big environmental groups are asking the Obama administration to consider major changes to federal dam management on the Columbia and Snake rivers, "up to and including removal of the four lower Snake River dams."

The letter, addressed to Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is signed by the leaders of American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, the Endangered Species Coalition, Friends of the Earth, National Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club.

The letter says Snake River fish, which reach higher and cooler altitudes, are better equipped to survive global warming. The electricity produced by the Snake River dams, which is greenhouse gas free, is "relatively minor," the groups say.

Groups Want Snake River Dam Removal on Obama's Table
The Oregonian, April 27, 2009

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