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Corps Plan Lays Out How to Study Dam Breaching

by Andy Porter
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 1, 2010

The document offers details of how the government would carry out a study on the lower Snake River.

A plan outlining the steps to evaluate the potential breaching of one or more dams on the Lower Snake River, including Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco, to ensure the survival of endangered wild salmon and steelhead was released Wednesday by the Army Corps of Engineers. WALLA WALLA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a plan which lays out how a study would be done to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams.

Lt. Col. Michael Farrell, commander of the Corps' Walla Walla District said in a release that while the status of the Snake River salmon species has improved, "this plan of study is ready should the administration determine that an examination of the risks and benefits of breaching is needed."

The plan of study describes two phases. The first is the completion of technical studies. The next step would be a review by the administration, and, if necessary, development of an environmental impact statement which would include a comprehensive public involvement process.

A copy of the plan can be downloaded off the Web from the ACOE website.

Andy Porter
Corps Plan Lays Out How to Study Dam Breaching
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, April 1, 2010

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