Washington lawmaker invites Oregon governor to tour Ice Harbor Dam

Dam letters

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse has invited Oregon Governor Kate Brown to visit one of the lower Snake River dams, days after Gov. Brown voiced support for breaching them.

Rep. Newhouse (R-WA 4th District) sent a letter to Gov. Brown on Monday, inviting her to take a tour of Ice Harbor Dam to hear from scientists and see firsthand the fish passage technology that’s being utilized.

“I believe the best step we can take as elected officials of our respective constituencies — and as representatives of the greater Pacific Northwest region we both call home — would be to engage in a constructive dialogue,” said Newhouse in the letter. “A key part of this dialogue must involve listening to the scientists, engineers, and fish biologists who make decisions based on science, not politics.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Brown sent a letter to Gov. Inslee stating her support for breaching the lower Snake River dams.

If Gov. Brown accept Rep. Newhouse’s invitation, the tour will take place March 18. To read the full letter, click here.

Also on Monday, a group of Pacific Northwest energy companies sent their own letter to northwest governors, asking them to come up with a long-term, strategic plan addressing the Columbia and Snake River dams.

Both letters also addressed the pending release of the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement expected to be released by the end of this month.