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OREGON: Wheat Depends on River Dams

by Oregon Wheat Growers League
My Eastern Oregon, February 24, 2020

According to PNWA... There is a 97 percent juvenile fish survival rate,
which is reaching levels seen in rivers without dams and increasing overall survival rates.

Graphic: Survival of juvenile salmon from the Washington/Idaho border to beyond Bonneville Dam has averaged around 50% survival.  In other words, half of them die while migrating through the federal hydropower system. Oregon's wheat growers and rural communities, along with other PNW states, collectively depend on the broad range of direct and indirect benefits provided by the Columbia-Snake River dams for transportation, power, flood control, irrigation, recreation, and infrastructure. The Columbia Snake River System is the nation's single largest wheat export gateway. Barging plays a key role in this transportation system and moved over 4 million tons of wheat to Lower Columbia River ports last year. Each year, nearly 10% of all U.S. wheat exports move by barge just on the Snake River. As we anticipate the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Columbia and Snake River System operations, the Oregon Wheat Growers League urges all of our stakeholders to engage in the comment period for the draft EIS.

We are deeply concerned by communications such as Governor Brown's recent letter to Governor Inslee (Washington) seeking removal of the dams on the Lower Snake River. The Oregon Wheat Growers League is deeply disappointed with the Governor's letter and wish that the Governor would show passion and commitment to protecting Oregon agriculture and our rural communities and economy. Loss of these four facilities will cause irreparable damage to the PNW economy, including Oregon's wheat growers, not limiting to,

According to the Columbia Snake River System Fact Sheet provided by Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, The Oregon Wheat Growers League recognizes the critical role the Columbia and Snake River dams play in protecting Oregon's agriculture, our rural communities and our economy. We encourage comments to the draft EIS once released as maintaining and enhancing the river system is essential to our future. DEIS Review and Comment Opportunities

It is expected that the Draft EIS will be released at the end of February. The public review and comment period for the DEIS will open for 45 days starting on the date the NEPA Notice of Availability is published in the Federal Register.

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OWGL is the primary representative for Oregon's wheat growers; working to enhance the profitability of wheat growers by communicating with and educating growers and the public, assuring markets, conducting important research, and advocating for sound business, trade, and environmental policy.

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by Oregon Wheat Growers League
OREGON: Wheat Depends on River Dams
My Eastern Oregon, February 24, 2020

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