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PA C I F I C R I V E R S

The Columbia River has been described as the “organic machine,” but today that machine is wearing out as the dams continue to kill off the greatest salmon runs in the world. Power, floodcontrol, transportation, and irrigation can be provided more efficiently by a better balance of regional options. A diversified clean energy portfolio that combines solar, wind, hydropower, advanced geothermal, improved energy efficiency, batteries, and small modular reactors could transform the organic machine and give salmon back the river they need to survive.

Photo: Jason Hartwick

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Profile for Pacific Rivers Council

Free Flow Newsletter: Summer 2021  

Free Flow Newsletter: Summer 2021  

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