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Lower Snake River Dams conflict depicted in 1971 WSU documentary

Four Lower Snake River Dams (SR / Molly Quinn)
Four Lower Snake River Dams (SR / Molly Quinn)

RIVERS -- The current debate over the value of the lower Snake River Dams and whether removing them would hurt ratepayers and farmers for the sake of maintaining salmon and steelhead fisheries isn't new.

Carve out a half-hour from your schedule to soak up some background in this 1971 film documentary produced by KWSU-TV.

The film depicts the conflict between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and conservation groups, including a contingent of steelhead anglers, over the construction of Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River.

This digitized version is from the 16mm film held at the Washington State University.


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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