Electric Utilities, Conservation Groups Unite to Seek Solutions for Columbia River Basin Dams

Source: John Haarlow, Seattle Times, April 16, 2020

As those of us who are able sequester indoors in the midst of COVID-19, we should take care not to forget important challenges and opportunities that still await us outside.

In fact, it is imperative that our institutions and stakeholder groups together envision and advance the dialogue on our region’s future, as our governors rightly focus on the health and safety of residents.

Together, our organizations are doing that.

We represent an unlikely cadre of the electric utilities and conservation groups. Earlier this year, we joined 12 other utilities, conservation groups and a port in calling on Northwest governors to foster new dialogue on the issues that confront us as we address the challenges of securing long-term solutions to benefit salmon and other endangered specieand delivering clean, reliable and affordable electricity to communities from central Idaho to our coasts and Puget Sound. While the governors have been called to pressing tasks, we remain committed to working together.

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