Dear LIA Alumni:
Here is a great opportunity to listen to Congressman Mike Simpson about his recent proposal to remove dams on the Lower Snake River:
Congressman Mike Simpson
“Energy and Salmon Concept”
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – 10:00 AM (MT)
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson has proposed removing four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest as part of a sweeping new plan to address the decades-long problem of how to save salmon populations without upending a system that provides power to millions of people.
The $33.5 billion proposal would breach four dams on the Lower Snake River by the end of the next decade, freeing up the waterway for long-ranging salmon that are also a key food source for orcas. The plan, which was unveiled late Saturday, would pay for finding ways to replace the dams' key roles in energy, agriculture and transportation.
Simpson has spent much of his time in Washington, D.C. working on protections for the state's lands and wildlife. This new proposal may be his biggest undertaking yet.
He says not removing the dams would mean condemning Idaho salmon into extinction. Simpson calls the plan "The Northwest in Transition." The most immediate action includes removing the four dams on the Lower Snake River:
Zoom meeting information has been emailed to alumni.