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Nor t hwe s t I n Tra n si ti o n : O u r Po si ti on o n Co n gre s s ma n Si mpso n’s Pl a n to B re ach t h e Lower S n a ke R i ver D a ms By now, most people in our community have heard about Congressman’s Simpson’s plan to save Snake River salmon by breaching the four lower Snake River dams and investing $33.5 billion to replace the benefits the dams currently provide for regional energy, irrigation and transportation. No other Senator or Representative in the Northwest, Democrat or Republican, has ever called for breaching these dams. Simpson has correctly determined that while there are many ways to produce power, irrigate crops, and move goods to markets, there is only one way to save salmon in the Snake - by restoring a free flowing river. And he knows time is running out. With President Biden calling for a sweeping national infrastructure package, and the Pacific Northwest federal delegation leading powerful committees on spending, finance, and transportation, Simpson sees the opportunity to solve the salmon crisis.
Lower Granite, one of the four Lower Snake River Dams. Despite significant investments to improve juvenile fish passage at these dams, salmon continue to spiral towards extinction. F R E E F LO W | 5