As a federal judge in Portland prepares to respond to the latest operating plan for the Columbia River Basin, community leaders in Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Wash., asked for end to continued long-term uncertainty. If dams stay or go, their communities will need substantial help adjusting.
By Lance Dickie, Seattle Times editorial columnist
Dam removal on the Lower Snake River always lurks in the ruminations of U.S. District Judge James Redden on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin. Whether viewed as a threat or remediation, I could not imagine dams being breached. Until now.