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October 12, 2018 | Q13 Fox

Dams Drive Wedge Between Grain, Salmon Industries

Ag community needs dam system to transport wheat along the Snake River in Eastern Washington

Despite many improvements, the four dams along the lower Snake River in Eastern Washington still threaten the survival of endangered salmon, reports Q13 Fox.

Salmon advocates believe the only solution left is to breach the dams. The agricultural community says that losing the dams would threaten their livelihood. They use the dammed river to transport wheat on barges.

Barging is possible because of the Columbia-Snake River System, a 465-mile river highway connecting Lewiston, ID, to the ocean. Eight federal dams have turned these rivers into a series of reservoirs to allow for transportation. It's a system that is now facing uncertainty with growing calls to breach the dams to improve fish survival. 

Read the full report here.

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