Feds say breaching needed to meet fish recovery goals

The Lower Granite Lock and Dam is seen from the north shore of the Snake River in Almota. Federal officials recently released a draft report saying the breaching of one or more of the Lower Snake River dams, combined with other measures, is needed to recover salmon runs to healthy and harvestable levels.

Federal officials in charge of protecting threatened and endangered salmon runs say in a draft report that breaching one or more of the four lower Snake River dams, combined with a suite of other aggressive actions, is needed to recover the fish to healthy and harvestable levels.

They also commissioned an independent analysis that indicates replacing the power and grid services provided by the dams while also meeting the clean energy goals of Washington and Oregon would cost $11 billion to $19 billion under most scenarios, but could balloon to $75 billion in one scenario they called unlikely.

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