Wednesday, October 7, 2009

House Bill Considers Snake Dam Removal

Congressman Jim McDermott D-Washington has sponsored a bill in the house of reps which identifies the Snake River dams as major impediments to salmon recovery and would begin the process of removal. H.R. 3503 states that,

"proper information gathering and planning are undertaken to secure the preservation and recovery of the salmon and steelhead of the Columbia River Basin in a manner that protects and enhances local communities, ensures effective expenditure of Federal resources, and maintains reasonably priced, reliable power, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to seek scientific analysis of Federal efforts to restore salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and for other purposes."

and appears to place considerable weight on the option of dam removal as a means of recovering salmon, saving millions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars on mitigation and moving our country forward in clean energy, and modern reliable transport options for shipping.

See the complete bill here, you can also write your congressional reps and tell them to support H3503. We will keep you posted as this unfolds.

Also, see coverage on Save Our Wild Salmons Blog

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