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Save the Salmon

by Cindy Bunnell
Spokesman-Review, April 14, 2022

Ice Harbor Dam on the Lower Snake River holds back Lake Sacajawea, the source of irrigation water for 47,000 acres of farmland. A years-long federal study has found the many costs of removing four Snake River dams are far higher than keeping them in operation. I'm writing in response to Justin Hayes' guest opinion on April 3 titled, "Speak the truth about salmon." We must breach the four lower Snake River dams and save these fish. It's just four dams too many.

This complex issue is too difficult for Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse so instead they cling to disinformation. What a shame. I encourage Gov. Inslee and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to continue to be champions for our salmon.

These dams cost more to operate than they produce in electrical revenue. Because of the great reduction in barge traffic due to increased rail shipment of grain, and advances in solar and wind power generation, we can do without these costly dams.

The pristine tributaries of the Snake River are the ancient home of these fish. Imagine the Salmon River teeming with salmon again and Redfish Lake once again harboring red fish.

Let's honor our treaties with the tribes.

Let's not say, "Sorry, Salmon" let's say "Go Salmon!"

Cindy Bunnell, Spokane
Save the Salmon
Spokesman-Review, April 14, 2022

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