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Governor Inslee Announces Progress
on Snake River Dam Removal

by Marisa Lloyd
Daily Fly, October 19, 2021

A comprehensive legislative solution is preferable to all other avenues and is urgently needed.

Lower Granite Dam in SE Washington state impounds the Lower Snake forty miles up beyond the Idaho border. LAPWAI -- Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Vice Chairman, Shannon Wheeler shared space with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and the CEO of the Washington Conservation Voters, Alyssa Macy for their virtual Gathering of Champions last Thursday afternoon.

During discussion amongst the three, Governor Inslee announced that he is directing resources to define how to replace the services of the Snake River Dam, if they were to be breached.

"We are grateful for the attention that Governor Inslee has given to the Lower Snake River Dam issue and hopeful in the progress his plan represents to resolving this long standing issue. We agree that these dams are an impediment to our salmon and are swiftly leading to their extinction, which in turn, directly threatens ours and many other northwest tribal nation's treaty rights. This next step represents hope for a better future for everyone in our region which starts with healthy salmon," said Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Chairman, Samuel Penney.

This announcement represents a critical next step in the process of dam replacement. The potential economic impact on the region of Snake River Dam replacement has been discussed previously in Rep. Simpson's proposal, identifying billions of dollars in potential economic development.

The Nez Perce and other Columbia Basin tribes have agreed upon some basic principles around replacement.

Governor Inslee's announcement comes just after the Northwest Tribes launched their Salmon Orca Project, based at the website domain, with an active presence on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A call to action has been created providing individuals an opportunity to "Tell the White House & Dept. of Interior: Replace the Lower Snake River Dams and Save Our Salmon!" Sign the letter today and help support the Northwest Tribes, Orca and the Salmon.

Marisa Lloyd
Governor Inslee Announces Progress on Snake River Dam Removal
Daily Fly, October 19, 2021

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