The fate of the Northwest’s largest energy provider may decide future of our salmon

When they were first built, Columbia River dams like Grand Coulee and Bonneville were technological wonders that placed the Pacific Northwest on the edge of the future. Millions of acres of farmland were irrigated. The dams fueled the growth of urban areas around Seattle and Portland, and powered reactors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation that produced the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War II. Salmon and the region’s Indian tribes were a second thought during this period — until the dams took their toll. click here to read the story 13:21

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