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Keep the DAM Conversation Going
USACE Draft EIS on the Columbia-Snake River System Operations:
"We need all voices to be heard, as the outcome of this EIS impacts us all. If you want to keep jobs, reduce the risk of climate change, keep growing our economy, and protect our environment, this is your chance to get involved. It's critical to our region's future." ~Kristin Meira, Executive Director at Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
The Good News:
The Preferred Alternative outlined in the Draft EIS does not include dam breaching measures. Its focus is on benefiting fish recovery using water management measures while balancing the need for hydropower production and water supply.
The Next Step:
Submit input for consideration and inclusion in the FINAL EIS! Keep the conversation going about the risks of losing the community benefits provided by the hydroelectric dams and locks of the Columbia-Snake River System.
The comment period ends April 13th:
Review the Draft EIS and provide your comments! Visit the Columbia River System Operations Web page at https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/CRSO/.
The blocks of information in the below link provides text that may be inserted into letters to elected officials, opinion pieces in your local media, and comments on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Columbia River System Operations.
It’s critical that your comments are:
1) Timely – Comments on the draft EIS are due no later than April 13, 2020.
2) Substantive – They should clearly explain how this issue directly affects you, identify what in the draft EIS is incorrect and/or incomplete, and provide information that allows the agencies to correct/complete it.
3) Original – Comments must be unique to be counted in the EIS process; identical form letters or petitions are grouped and considered and treated as one single comment.
Please draw from any of the following that are relevant to you and incorporate into your unique comments so our leaders, regulators, and communities can understand what the sweeping effects of changes to the river system mean to our diverse interests.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss any of the following content.
Alex McGregor, Chairman & Leslie Druffel, Outreach Coordinator
For more information on the clean energy, efficient transportation, farm irrigation, fish passage and other benefits of the Columbia-Snake River System, visit www.pnwa.net/rivervalues.