Federal agencies have finalized a plan that will keep the Snake River Dams in place. It allows for more springtime spill over dams to help juvenile salmon migrating out to the Pacific Ocean.
After four years of study, the Record of Decision makes the federal agencies’ preferred option official. Managers and dam supporters say it will benefit salmon, reliable hydropower and the economy.
“(The decision) also provides flexibility for the future, so we can improve as the science advances,” said John Hairston, acting administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration.
BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation approved the decision.
“The document evaluates the necessary response between responsible environmental stewardship and the multiple uses of the Columbia River System,” said Lorri Gray, regional director with the Bureau of Reclamation.
River uses at odds
Some of the uses are at odds: navigation to and from Lewiston, Idaho,