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    US: Snake River dams will not be removed

    The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean.

    The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures.

    The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration, and sought to balance the needs of salmon and other interests.

    The plan calls for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster to and from the ocean, a tactic that has already been in use.

    Three Republican members of Congress from Washington state hailed the decision.

    ``We have always said that our rivers and the benefits they provide are the lifeblood of our region,Ē Reps. Dan Newhouse, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler said in a joint statement

    ``The benefits of the dams along the mighty Columbia and Snake rivers are far too precious for our region to go without,'' they said. ``We are proud to see a comprehensive, science-based process come to fruition.''

    The 100-foot (30 meter) tall dams generate electricity, provide irrigation and flood control, and allow barges to operate all the way to Lewiston, Idaho, 400 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

    The final report was similar to a draft plan issued in February, which concluded that removing the four dams would destabilize the power grid, increase overall greenhouse emissions and more than double the risk of regional power outages.

    The four dams are part of a vast and complex hydroelectric power system operated by the federal government in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

    The 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers together produce 40% of the regionís power ó enough electricity for nearly 5 million homes.

    More at: https://news.yahoo.com/us-snake-rive...191718684.html
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    They should do away with the dams and install coal power plants in their place.
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    They should do away with the dams and install coal power plants in their place.
    Reactivate Hanford
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    They should do away with the dams and install coal power plants in their place.
    No, destroying the dams will cause damage to the environment, increase flood risks, ruin the river navigation benefits and lose some of the cheapest electrical power generation on earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    No, destroying the dams will cause damage to the environment, increase flood risks, ruin the river navigation benefits and lose some of the cheapest electrical power generation on earth.
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