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Jayapal Statement on the Columbia-Snake River System Agreement

SEATTLE, WA – U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today issued the following statement regarding the December agreement between the Biden-⁠Harris Administration, Tribes and the states of Washington and Oregon for the management and restoration of the Columbia River Basin:

“I was pleased to see the conclusion of mediation and agreement reached on the Columbia-Snake River system between the Biden-Harris Administration, Pacific Northwest Tribes, and the states of Oregon and Washington. This historic agreement will protect and restore salmon, increase energy stability and production, and support Tribal Nations. It builds on President Biden’s September memorandum to restore fish populations in the Columbia River Basin – which I strongly supported. Salmon play an essential role in our ecosystem, our community, Tribal culture and our economy. Protecting salmon is also integral to recovering our endangered Southern Resident killer whales that rely on abundant salmon populations for survival.

“I am confident that both the state and federal governments will partner with additional impacted communities to further discuss implementation at every level of decision-making. The conclusion of mediation is a positive step forward, but the federal government must be sure to follow through on the obligations set forth in this agreement. Restoring wild salmon populations, investing in clean energy and the jobs it provides, uplifting workers, and supporting the flow of commerce throughout Washington are all essential. As we look toward the potential breach of the Snake River dams and continued efforts to restore the health of the Columbia River Basin, each of these priorities must be considered. 

“My office and I have been in close communication with many stakeholders impacted by and involved in the health of and operations on the Columbia-Snake River system. I look forward to the equitable implementation of this agreement that ensures the protection of our salmon populations and Tribal treaty obligations as well as the establishment of clean energy alternatives that provide a roadmap to replace the benefits of the dams.”