Friday June 10, 2022

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Four members of the U.S. Congress recently got a close look at Washington’s Snake River dams.

The four members of the Congressional Western Caucus, which Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington, chairs, watched fish travel through various passage routes at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River. A boat tour also led them through the lock system near the Tri-Cities.

Reps. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas; Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon; Matt Rosendale, R-Montana; and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, joined the tour.

Newhouse is an ardent supporter of the region’s hydropower system. He said taking other Congressional Republicans to the dam is part of his strategy to promote Washington.

Congress eventually could decide whether to approve a decision to remove or alter the four controversial Snake River dams, Newhouse said.

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