Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee announced the release of a draft independent report that will help inform recommendations from their joint federal-state process regarding the lower Snake River dams and the restoration of the salmon in the Pacific Northwest. Today’s posting of the draft begins a month-long comment period that will end on July 11.
The draft report describes the extent of services and benefits currently provided by dams, and the actions that have been considered to replace or improve these services and benefits in the event of dam failure. The report also details the expected results of the replacement actions, the expected costs, and additional questions that need to be answered. Since January 2022, the independent consultant-led effort has engaged with stakeholders, tribes and experts across the Pacific Northwest. The draft independent report can be read HERE.
Murray and Inslee made the following statement regarding the draft report:
“We continue to approach the issue of the breach with an open mind and without a predetermined decision. From the outset, we have placed the engagement of the public and community stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest as the foundation of any process. regional level. This continues to include consultation and input from federally recognized tribes whose unique perspectives and sovereignty each of us deeply values. We appreciate the diversity of perspectives from the many stakeholders who have already contributed to the development of the draft independent report, and we look forward to hearing much more as this document is available for public review.
“Every community in the Pacific Northwest knows the value and importance of our iconic salmon runs – and every community recognizes the importance of salmon to our economy and cultural heritage. We all remain firmly committed to saving our salmon. We also know that dams provide significant benefits to the economy and communities in our region. In the coming weeks, we will carefully review and consider public comments, tribal consultations, and other stakeholder engagements before making recommendations. »
Following the public comment period, tribal consultation, and other means of engagement, this report will be updated and released in its final form. The senator and the governor, considering all the information provided, will then make their recommendations.
This draft report will be available for public review from June 9 to July 11. Comments on the draft report can be provided via a form on the project website, by email or by post. All comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. PST on July 11.
Online comments can be submitted through the project website: https://www.lsrdoptions.org/. Email comments can be sent to [email protected] with the email subject line “LSRD Benefit Replacement Study Project”.
The independent report was compiled by a consultant and expert support retained by the governor’s office.