Your Voice Matters As Columbia/Snake River Review Begins

January 30, 2020

Your voice matters as federal agencies prepare to release an environmental review of 14 dams on the Columbia/Snake river system in late February 2020. Please take the opportunity this spring to influence the future of our industry, our economy and our communities.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration are expected to issue a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) with a 45-day comment period. Public forums will be scheduled. A final EIS will follow, and a formal decision is planned later in 2020.

The federal government expects to receive comments by the thousands from anti-dam activists, says Kurt Miller, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners.

“We need our communities who are dependent on the dams to turn out and comment,” he said. “You can influence the outcome.”

Want to add your voice to the many who speak for our energy future?

  • Look for details on the EIS at
  • Keep informed by submitting your email address to and ask to be added to the notifications list.
  • If you don’t have access to email, ask for physical notifications by sending your name and address to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CRSO EIS, PO Box 2870, Portland, OR 97208-2870.
  • After doing so, you should receive further information on the release of the draft CRSO EIS and how to provide input, either in public forums or in writing.

Associations that follow the river review process

Northwest RiverPartners is a Vancouver-based group that represents utilities, ports, farmers and businesses (UEC is a member). Follow @nwriverpartners on social media, or visit

The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association is a non-profit trade association of ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals who support navigation, energy, trade and economic development throughout the region. The association has links to studies, press releases and news articles at

The Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides action alerts at to help you comment to legislators and agencies on issues critical to rural Oregonians. Look for action alerts on the river system EIS in coming weeks.

Recent News Articles and Press Releases 

Oregon governor calls for tearing out Snake River dams. Washington reps are outraged.

Tri-City Herald, Feb. 14, 2020

Editorial: Dam breaching may be hazardous to your economy

The Columbian, Jan. 13, 2020

Study: U.S. would lose over $2.3 billion by breaching lower Snake River dams

Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Jan. 6, 2020

Breaching dams could have negative impacts on vulnerable communities

East Oregonian, Dec. 31, 2019

Opinion: Hydropower is key to an equitable clean-energy future, Dec. 18, 2019