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Bob Larson Dam Spill Legislation Pt 2
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 17, 2018

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I’m Bob Larson. More than one way to skin a cat! Those are the words used by Representative Dan Newhouse to describe the approval of legislation in the House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water to stop the current order to spill additional water of dams on the Lower Columbia and Snake rivers.

But, Newhouse says they’re still trying to persuade Democratic colleagues in both the House and Senate that it’s the right move …

NEWHOUSE … “We’ll continue trying in every way possible to effect this, which I think is much needed change and unnecessary burden to ratepayers in the Pacific Northwest that really know no benefit to the fish that we all want to protect.”

Newhouse says he’s not sure he’s made all the progress he needs to yet, but that he continues to be engaged and encourages citizens to do the same …

NEWHOUSE … “I’ve asked at every opportunity for my constituents to do the same thing, to reach out to our Senators and help make the case that this is a necessary step that we take. So, we’re not there yet I don’t think. I think there’s still challenges so we have work to do, but we’ll continue doing that work and I’m very happy with the amount of input we’ve had from citizens from around the Northwest.”

Newhouse says the court-ordered spill increase is likely to cost power customers an additional $40-million this Spring and does nothing to benefit the fish we all want to protect.

Governor Jay Inslee and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have all expressed support for the spill order.

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