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February 17, 2021

Congressman hopes politics align on divisive Northwest dams

Associated Press

SPOKANE — Nearly two decades ago, President George W. Bush stood on a bank of the Snake River near Pasco and declared that four hydroelectric dams would not be torn down on his watch, though many blamed them for killing endangered salmon.

This month, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing those same dams to save the salmon. In between those two acts were decades of litigation that show no sign of ending and $17 billion worth of improvements to the dams that did little to help fish.

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