Snake River dams proposal draws accolades, criticism

Peninsula Daily News

It’s a “pinch me, this is real” moment, said Amy Grondin.

July through September, the Port Townsend resident fishes for salmon in the waters off Washington and Alaska. This time of year, she’s an activist for restoration of fish populations, which she said are critical to the North Olympic Peninsula’s economy.

Those populations are suffering, Grondin said, as are fishermen.

So when she heard Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho announce a proposal to breach all four Lower Snake River dams — infamous for blocking salmon passage — she saw a ray of hope.

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