Dam Breaching. On Feb. 15, 2000, representatives of Indian tribes and commercial gillnetters met in Astoria, OR, to form an alliance to demand that the federal government remove 4 lower Snake River hydroelectric dams. In addition, the tribes were reported to be supportive of federal aid to irrigators, barge operators, and farmers who might be harmed by dam breaching. On Feb. 17, 2000, the OR Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, a professional society of fishery scientists, voted 103-0 to adopt a resolution affirming the necessity for breaching 4 lower SnakeRiver dams to restore wild salmon populations. In a Feb. 18, 2000 speech at a meeting of the OR Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Eugene, OR Governor John Kitzhaber endorsed breaching the 4 lower Snake River dams asa responsible and cost-effective option. In response on Feb. 22, 2000, WA Governor Gary Locke announced that he did not support dam breaching. On Feb. 23, 2000, the Port of Portland released a study by HDR Engineering and commissioned by the Port and 3 OR state agencies, outlining thepotential cascading negative effects of dam breaching, including the possible loss of 4 of the 6 ocean freight line serving Portland, diversion of export containers to Puget Sound ports, and removal of marginal agricultural lands in eastern OR and WA from production.
-- Assoc Press, PortlandOregonian