Republicans Criticize Spill of Dam Water to Help Salmon

Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean.

They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to remove the four dams to increase wild salmon runs.

“Dams and fish can co-exist,” Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, whose Washington districts include the dams, said in a joint statement.

LINK (via: USA News and World Report)

McMorris Rodgers and Newhouse have also introduced a bill that would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on HR 3144 in the second half of April.


Columbia Basin salmon and Southern Resident orca need more help today – not less. Salmon need healthier rivers and safer passage past dams – not new barriers to survival and recovery!


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