Fighting to Protect Our Dams

Mar 24, 2023
Clean Energy

I am growing increasingly concerned about President Biden’s openness to breaching our Lower Snake River dams. Just this week, after mixing up his river systems, President Biden said that he looks forward to working with anti-dam members of the Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation to “bring healthy and abundant salmon runs back to the Colorado River System.”

This is alarming on its own, but it comes after his administration already recommended ripping out the dams last year – without any scientific evidence to back it up!

It’s clear our dams are in danger. That’s why I introduced the Northwest Energy Security Act to help save them by focusing on facts and results. Specifically, the bill would protect the power and navigation benefits of the Lower Snake River dams while requiring operation modifications to the dams to support endangered salmon recovery. 

It’s time to recognize that salmon runs are improving at record rates thanks to our mitigation efforts and positive ocean conditions, and that the dams provide clean and reliable energy that powers our homes and businesses. That’s something worth protecting, which is exactly what I plan to do.

CLICK HERE to read the bill.

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