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Restore a River that Can Work for Everyone; Removal of Four Lower Snake River Dams Would Help NW Economy and Fish, Say Groups


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WHO: Nez Perce Tribal Chairperson (not confirmed); Buzz Ramsey, Luhr Jensen & Sons Tackle Co.; John Barker, Lewiston, Idaho City Council Member; Bob Zimmerman, Mayor of Riggins, Idaho

WHAT: Press Conference on what a working river really looks like. Before the Congressional field hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water and Power

WHEN: Monday, June 6, 2005 at 8:45 a.m. (Pacific)

WHERE: Riverboat Room, Quality Inn & Suites, 700 Port DR, Clarkston, WA

For far too long our federal government has put salmon and salmon-dependent industry in the background of what is important to the Pacific Northwest’s economy.

The fact is, we can have healthy fishable salmon runs AND preserve traditional economies like agriculture, transportation and energy. We can have a healthy Snake River and a strong regional economy. It is time for an honest dialogue about what kinds of investments it would take to get us here.

On Monday, June 6th business leaders and representatives from around the Northwest will join together to stand up for a river that works for everyone, not just those that want to cling to four outdated dams whose modest benefits are replaceable. With salmon populations in dire trouble, nearly 1,100 businesses from these states and others nationwide, have come together with a letter to Congress urging immediate support for the Salmon Planning Act (H.R. 1615). This bill would initiate vital studies that explore the economic benefits of salmon and steelhead recovery, and the least-cost path to achieve it.


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