Oregon’s wheat growers and rural communities, along with other PNW states, collectively depend on the broad range of direct and indirect benefits provided by the Columbia-Snake River dams for transportation, power, flood control, irrigation, recreation, and infrastructure. The Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s single largest wheat export gateway. Barging plays a key role in this transportation system and moved over 4 million tons of wheat to Lower Columbia River ports last year. Each year, nearly 10% of all U.S. wheat exports move by barge just on the Snake River.
Oregon Wheat Growers League urges all of our stakeholders to engage in the comment period for the draft EIS. Public comment period opens February 28, 2020 and is open for 45 days, ending April 13, 2020.
It is very important that your comment be original. You likely hear about environmental groups flooding government agencies with tens or hundreds of thousands of identical postcards, letters and email messages. That mass of identical messages is treated as one comment.
Here are some important resources when developing your comment.
We cannot emphasize this enough, MAKE YOUR COMMENT UNIQUE and DO NOT COPY/PASTE!
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Extreme environmental groups have already attacked the findings of this DEIS. Those groups are very loud, but very small. We need to show that river system supporters are a broad and inclusive set of the electorate.
We encourage your participation in the conversation about the community benefits provided by the hydroelectric dams and locks of the Columbia-Snake River System.
PNWA has created guidance and blocks of information that you may use in letters to elected officials, opinion pieces in your local media, social media posts, comments to the federal agencies, and other venues.
For more information, visit https://www.pnwa.net/rivervalues/