Rick Applegate, Consultant, Energy Trust of Oregon Board Member and Energy Coalition Headwaters Awards Winner opens the 2008 NW Energy Coalition Fall Conference in Portland, OR on December 5.
Issues: Fish and Wildlife
Salmon and steelhead are icons of the Pacific Northwest – important to both the region’s culture and economy. Yet many runs in the Columbia River Basin are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Hydroelectric dams that harness the Columbia and Snake Rivers for power production are the biggest killers of these fish and threaten other fish and wildlife. By striking a balance between dams, energy and salmon, we can enjoy clean energy, wild salmon, and healthy fish and wildlife populations.
Released by a coalition of taxpayer, business and conservation groups (including NW Energy Coalition), this study shows that removal of four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state will save U.S. taxpayers and Northwest electricity consumers billions of dollars while increasing tourism, creating new outdoor recreation, and improving sport and commercial fishing opportunities.