Hydropower and Salmon

For generations, one thing that's made the Northwest great is our hydropower The dams in the Columbia River basin, provide over 40% of our country's hydropower

And in Washington state today, over 70% of our own energy comes from renewable resources – generated by hydroelectricity This is one reason why Washington state can lead the country in the shift to a low-carbon economy Another thing that's made the Northwest great for generations, is our wild salmon and steelhead runs They've provided for millenia for native peoples, for an economy in our state, for orca populations in the Puget Sound, and for our way of life On the issue of the four Lower Snake River dams, I believe that we do need a legally sound and valid environmental impact statement that follows what the court ordered last year, so that we can actually understand whether these dams are actually impacting our salmon runs in the state

I will support that And in Congress, I'll work alongside federal agencies, the Department of Ecology, state partners, so that that environmentally sound impact statement does help us understand whether dam removal would help restore our native salmon fisheries In the future, if we do ever remove those dams, it's important that we restore that electricity with other, low-carbon renewable sources And in Congress, as the environmental champion in this race, I will be right there alongside our community to best see how we can restore the salmon runs that have for millenia supported our way of life in the Northwest

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