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The Latest on the Fate of
the Lower Snake River Dams

by Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio, December 14, 2023

he Lower Monumental Dam on the Snake River, near Kahlotus, Washington. Since the online news site Clearing Up reported two weeks ago on a leaked Biden administration plan to remove the four lower Snake River dams, a lot has happened.

The leak took a peak at a proposed agreement from the federal government that would spend billions of dollars to replace the energy the dams currently generate plus spend more money to help save salmon in the Columbia Basin.

Since that leak, Idaho asked a court to decide if the courts could order the breaching of the dams as part of the Endangered Species Act. A house committee held an oversight hearing on the plan, and Thursday morning, Clearing Up reported the 30-year fight over salmon and dams may be done after a "negotiative session" where a final agreement was reached.

This all came before a Friday deadline to find a solution to the questions of dams, fish and energy.

Longtime environmental reporter Rocky Barker has been following this story, and he joined Idaho Matters for an update.

Samantha Wright Senior Producer of our live daily talk show Idaho Matters
The Latest on the Fate of the Lower Snake River Dams <-- Listen at original site.
Boise State Public Radio, December 14, 2023

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