Many salmon runs continue to decline, which environmentalists blame on dams, said Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Her office is leading multi-agency efforts to restore "abundant runs of salmon to the Columbia River Basin."
Tribes across the Northwest are calling for immediate action to remove the four Lower Snake River dams. During a two-day Salmon and Orca summit in Western Washington, the group called on President Biden and congressional members to “take bold action, now.”
Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing an Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs
A Republican congressman is proposing removing four hydroelectric dams in the Northwest as part of a sweeping plan to address the decades-long problem of how to save salmon populations without upending a system that provides power to millions of people