Petition to President Trump to Save the Lower Snake River Dams

Petition to President Trump to Save the Lower Snake River Dams

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Problem
Various environmental groups and a Federal Judge (in Portland, OR) want to take out and/or render useless the four major hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington State. The Lower Snake River Dams are a critical piece of infrastructure in the United States and provide significant multiple benefits to the Pacific Northwest region including the generation of thousands of megawatts of clean renewable hydropower, irrigation for thousands of acres of high value crops, barging for millions of tons of cargo, and recreation, fish and wildlife conservation, and supporting the transmission of wind energy. As a result, breaching the dams would have devastating consequences to the Pacific Northwest.

Solution
President Trump needs to convene or invoke the God Squad (Endangered Species Committee) to save and protect the Lower Snake River Dams and to stop endless litigation and biological opinions that have unnecessarily costed Pacific Northwest ratepayers and US taxpayers billions of dollars over the past 20 or so years, even though the four Lower Snake River Dams have some of the most advanced and successful fish passage systems in the world and the dams are now on track to achieve standards of 96 percent average dam survival for young spring chinook and steelhead migrating downstream and 93 percent for young summer-migrating fish.

The 1978 amendment to the Endangered Species Act created the Endangered Species Committee (or the God Squad). This Cabinet Level Committee can decide whether or not a particular species could be exempted from the ESA. The Committee may be convened when there is an irreconcilable conflict between a development project and species conservation needs. The composition includes the Secretary of Interior (committee chair), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Secretary of USDA, Secretary of Defense, EPA Administrator, and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To exempt a species, five of the seven members must vote in favor of the exemption.

In summary, we urge President Trump to convene the God Squad to stop endless and needless costly litigation and biological opinions on the Lower Snake River in Washington State, and to protect a critical piece of US infrastructure, the clean and renewable Lower Snake River Dams.

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