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Breaching is the Answer

by Julian Matthews
Lewiston Tribune, May 20, 2021

Graphic: Snake River Steelhead have triggered the Early Warning Indicator of the Federal Columbia River Power System's 2014 Supplemental Biological Opinion I am an enrolled Nez Perce and support the breaching/removal of the four lower Snake River Dams. Having studied the issue for a number of years and consulted with many qualified scientists, this is the only answer. What I have seen is that the water and the salmon are victims of the commercialization of nature. The use of the water for hydroelectric power is outdated and has cost us taxpayers millions over the years and benefits only a few.

Other forms of transportation are available to transport grain or other commodities down the Columbia River to market.

The salmon as they are now will go extinct unless these dams are removed or breached to allow for the free flowing of this section of the Snake River as soon as possible.

Get rid of these dams.

Julian Matthews, Pullman
Breaching is the Answer
Lewiston Tribune, May 20, 2021

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