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It is unclear what, if anything, it will take for Senators Murray and Cantwell to embrace dam breaching on the Lower Snake. Who are they protecting and why? BPA? Irrigators? Grain growers and shippers? Simpson correctly says politicians are elected to solve problems. He’s offered a solution to save salmon and ensure affected industries are made whole (and then some). Murray and Cantwell have been on the job a long time, yet salmon continue to spiral towards extinction. The question for them is: if not a broad proposal like Simpson’s, then what? Either lead or follow. Salmon can’t wait any longer.
The Wallowa Lake Dam in Northeast Oregon extirpated Sockeye salmon at the turn of the 20th century. Costly repairs are needed to improve safety and install fish passage for the Nez Perce Tribe’s reintroduction of Sockeye to Wallowa Lake. F R E E F LO W | 7