A draft report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which manages the protection of marine animals and endangered species, has suggested breaching at least four dams in the Lower Snake River.
"Salmon recovery depends on large-scale actions," stated the NOAA report. "Inaction will result in the catastrophic loss of the majority of Columbia River basin salmon and steelhead stocks."
Brenda Mallory, the chairperson of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, supported the draft report and said this is the necessary action needed to restore salmon to healthy and harvestable numbers.
"Business as usual will not restore the health and abundance of Pacific Northwest Salmon," she said. "We need a durable, inclusive and regionally-crafted long-term strategy for the management of the Columbia River Basin."
In 2016, these four dams provided 3,033 megawatts of energy to the entire Pacific Northwest. Replacing these dams with other power sources would cost taxpayers between $415 million to $860 million per year until 2045, amounting to nearly $20 billion. It is also expected to increase electricity costs for households by between eight to 18 percent during the same period. (Related: Biden and the globalists will destroy the oil industry and collapse the American energy grid.)
"Three thousand and thirty-three megawatts of capacity to the Pacific Northwest would evaporate, " noted David DuByne of Adapt 2030.
"I remember, as a child growing up, hydroelectric was the cell to the green era of my childhood. That was the solution for us earlier, now it's being rescinded. And where the power going to come from? We're already having power outages and shortages … and they want to take further amounts of power away."
The federal government is currently conducting a review of four dams on the Maine River. The government could choose to breach these dams under the Endangered Species Act if the investigation finds that it would be necessary to save the last wild Atlantic salmon in the United States.
These four dams are owned by Brookfield Renewable U.S., a leading owner, operator and developer of renewable power. The company wanted to amend its federal licenses for these four dams and receive a new 40-year operating license for one of them. This requires a review of the impact these four dams had on salmon.
NOAA's review could result in Brookfield being forced to enact mitigation measures to protect wild salmon, including breaching one or more of the dams. Brookfield is pulling out all the stops to make sure this doesn't happen, including publishing a $40 million plan for structural modifications to its projects.
But scientists with the National Resources Council of Maine are pushing for the dams to be removed altogether. Nick Bennett, one of those scientists, said it would open up access to the Sandy River, a tributary of the Columbia River, which is prime salmon habitat.
"If we could get those four dams removed, the best big chunk of Atlantic salmon spawning and rearing habitat, which is the Sandy River and its tributaries, would be direct free swim from the ocean," said Bennett.
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