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McMorris Rogers, Other Lawmakers to
Visit Snake River Dams Next Week

by Jefferson Robbins
Big Country News, June 22, 2023

Water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Washinton. The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River must be replaced before the dams can be breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a final report issued last August by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. BURBANK -- Fourth District U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse will bring a team of fellow Republican lawmakers to the Snake River dams system next week.

Newhouse plans to hold a site visit and field hearing on Monday at Ice Harbor Dam near Burbank, alongside Spokane U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and three other elected House members.

Newhouse and other Washington Republicans are pushing back against calls to remove the four dams to ease salmon flow to and from the Pacific. They say the dams -- Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite -- are invaluable for river commerce, agriculture, and energy production in the southeastern part of the state and the wider Northwest.

The outing starts with a 10 a.m. tour for congressmembers, followed by a press conference and a 1 p.m. field hearing at Richland High School. The other legislators joining the excursion are U.S. Reps. Cliff Bentz (R-Oregon), John Duarte (R-California) and Mike Collins (R-Georgia).

Related Pages:
Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers Seek to Boost Hydropower After Idaho Rep's Dam Removal Idea by Courtney Flatt, NW News Network, 3/5/21

Jefferson Robbins
McMorris Rogers, Other Lawmakers to Visit Snake River Dams Next Week
Big Country News, June 22, 2023

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