Benton REA supports saving dams

— Benton Rural Electric Association trustees unanimously approved a resolution last week asking for bipartisan support of House Resolution 3144.

The bill introduced by Eastern Washington Republican Reps. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, among others, calls for maintaining federal hydro system operations on the Snake River.

The legislation is in response to the March 2017 ruling of the U.S. District Court in Oregon that directed the federal agencies to review hydro operations and strongly urged them to include analysis of the removal, bypass or breaching of one or more of the four lower Snake River dams.


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