Dam-managing agencies won’t do the right thing for Snake River dams

Seattle Times
Jim Waddell
Special to The Times
July 2, 2016

I recently retired after a 35-year career with the Army Corps of Engineers. I worked with high-ranking Corps officials for much of that time, including more than one chief of engineers, the Corps equivalent of a CEO. I’m proud of my career, with one notable exception:

In 1999, after many years in Washington, D.C., I became the deputy district engineer at the Walla Walla District, which operates the four dams on the Lower Snake River in Eastern Washington. Staff there, with the help of the regional headquarters, was completing the final draft of an environmental-impact statement (EIS) for the four Snake River dams that would outline the pros and cons of salmon-recovery options, including dam removal. Read more…