Protecting Our Dams
Rep. Newhouse Fights for Lower Snake River Dams
This week, I testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to urge them to protect our dams and reject Governor Inslee and Senator Patty Murray’s proposed study intended to justify the breaching of the Lower Snake River Dams.
Breaching our dams is simply not an option, and endless cycles of litigation and continued studies only put our region at risk. In Central Washington, we are actively working toward a clean energy future, strengthening our nation’s supply chain, feeding the world, and protecting our native wildlife – and the Columbia and Snake River dams are at the center of it all, serving as an example for the rest of the world.
As I have said for years, dams and fish can – and do – coexist. I will continue to fight for our dams, and I call on these misguided groups to stop playing politics and pay attention to the science, which clearly states that we are making advancements in the right direction.
I also joined the Pacific Northwest delegation in sending letters to 10 agencies within the Biden Administration requesting information on the agencies’ involvement in the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s efforts to breach the lower Snake River dams.
The series of letters presses CEQ for answers on their current stakeholder engagement sessions and asks federal agencies that have a stake in Lower Snake River dam operations about their role in CEQ’s process.
Make Your Voice Heard!
In honor of National Agriculture Day, I will be hosting a special event in the Tri-Cities with community members and leaders to talk about the importance of the Lower Snake River Dams for our agriculture industry in Central Washington. RSVP below to attend and ensure your voice is heard in this important conversation!