Lower Monumental Dam spillway

The spillway at Lower Monumental Dam in Washington on the Snake River.

Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington will this week release a draft of their state-federal assessment of breaching four dams on the lower Snake River.

Inslee and Murray want to determine if there are reasonable means to replace the benefits of the dams if they are breached in an effort to benefit salmon. The dams provide electricity and irrigation water to the region, in addition to allowing barge traffic to shuttle between upstream ports and ports along the Columbia River.

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Field Reporter, Spokane

I have been covering wheat and other topics for Capital Press since 2008. Recent stories include radicchio, emus, aphids and a Q&A with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. If you have a news tip, please contact me at 509-688-9923 or mweaver@capitalpress.com

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