Simpson plan for Snake River dams, salmon restoration shows promise with supporters, critics
By Nichole Blanchard / Idaho Statesman / February 7, 2021
In the wake of U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s recent proposal to breach dams on the Snake River in the pursuit of saving Northwest salmon, many of the stakeholders who play a role in the complex issue are hopeful — and some longtime opponents even seem poised to change their tune.
Simpson, an East Idaho Republican representing the state’s 2nd Congressional District, announced Saturday a broad plan to breach four dams — Ice Harbor, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Lower Granite — on the Lower Snake River in Washington. The $33 billion proposal is an effort to save Northwest salmon, many of which die in the dams when migrating from the ocean back to their spawning grounds in the Idaho Sawtooths. The plan also aims to invigorate industries like hydropower and barge shipping that would see serious consequences from the loss of the dams.
Wyden and Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect 4,700 Miles of Oregon Rivers Nominated by Nearly 2,500 Oregonians
The River Democracy Act builds on legislation Congress passed in 2019 that added more than 250 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers in Oregon. The state now has 2,173 miles designated in the Wild and Scenic Rivers system, but that total remains only a small fraction of Oregon’s 110,994 miles of rivers and streams.
Oregon’s rivers and streams fuel outdoor recreation, an economic engine in Oregon. According to the Outdoor Recreation Industry, outdoor recreation supports 224,000 jobs and generates $15.6 billion in consumer spending.
How Biden is reversing Trump’s assault on the environment
The new president is focusing on seven key areas to reverse a legacy of environmental destruction and climate denialism.
Faced with an unfolding climate crisis that is fueling more powerful storms, enormous wildfires and scorching heatwaves in the US, Donald Trump unapologetically set about dismantling policies to cut planet-heating emissions, mocked or ignored climate science, and threw open vast tracts of American land and water to fossil fuel development.
A Washington Post analysis has found that as Trump’s one term winds to a close, he has weakened or wiped out more than 125 rules and policies aimed at protecting the nation’s air, water and land, with 40 more rollbacks underway. — A sorrowful legacy