River advocates say it is important for farmers, ranchers and other industry representatives to attend meetings about the Washington governor’s study on dams on the Lower Snake River.
Environmental groups have for years called for the removal of the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams, citing their impacts on federally protected salmon and, more recently, orcas.
The study is part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to examine orca recovery.
A draft report of the study is available for public comment until Jan. 24.
One public workshop remains:
• Jan. 13: Tri Cities; 6-9 p.m.; Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center, 2525 North 20th Ave., Pasco.
The study is more of a status report of viewpoints, said Kristin Meira, executive director for the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.
”It is not a scientific analysis of salmon recovery, it is not a far-reaching socio-economic impact analysis and it does not comply with federal law, which is what governs how these federal projects are run,” she said.
The meetings are a good chance to learn about the evaluations done by Inslee’s consultants, ask questions and submit comments.