by WGC Review
Wheat Life, July 2009
Water user groups - including the Washington Association of Wheat Growers - leveled strong criticism against Judge James Redden's decision to include removal of the four lower Snake River dasm as a back-up plan for restoing salmon. WAWG is supporting the current Biological Opinion (BiOp) for river operations, which does not include breaching the dams. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R- Spokane, both came out sharply against Judge Redden's decision. Hastings compared Redden to a monarch "who put on a black robe and thhiks it came with a crown."
McMorris Rodgers was less incendiary. She said Redeen's decision has undermined years of teamwork and collaboration. "As a member of Congress, I am also disturbed to see a judge imposing his opinion over the wishes of stakeholders who have worked for years to agree on a consensus solution," she said. Meanwhile WAWG, jhoined by the Washington Grain Commission, wrote President Obama that breaching dams wuold eliminate infrastrurture that produces carbon-free energy. And they pointed out that doing so would limit another "green" advantage: the efficient use of intermittent energy being proudece by expanding wind farms in the same region.
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