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NAWG Responds to Lower Snake River Dams Report

The National Association of Wheat Growers welcomes recommendations regarding dams along the Lower Snake River by Senator Patty Murray and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The Democrats say in a joint statement, “it’s clear that breach is not an option right now.” NAWB CEO Chandler Goule responds, “We are glad the recommendations released by Senator Murray and Governor Inslee recognize the role these dams play in agriculture and acknowledge dam breaching is not feasible at present.” Goule adds, ” However, we remain concerned and opposed to breaching as it would be detrimental to wheat growers across the region.” NAWG says the dams play a vital role in providing a safe, efficient and affordable way for wheat farmers to get their product to market. Last month, NAWG filed a public comment outlining concern, whereby other modes of transportation cannot simply replace barging. Wheat farmers move grain most efficiently by using the waterway instead of rail or truck while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the organization.

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