Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray announced Thursday that the energy and navigation benefits currently provided by four dams on the lower Snake River would need to be replaced before they will support breaching them to restore salmon populations.
Breaching four dams on the Lower Snake River and replacing the services they provide to the Pacific Northwest could cost between $10.3 billion and $27.2 billion, according to a draft report commissioned by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray.
Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, a GOP leader of congressional efforts to curb foreign influence in U.S. agriculture, has returned $17,500 in campaign donations to political action committees representing the Chinese-owned agribusiness companies Smithfield Foods and Syngenta.
Lawmakers worried that China could gain control over the U.S. food system through land purchases are looking to curb the nation's grip on American farmland, despite no evidence of a spike in land sales to Chinese interests, according to an Agri-Pulse analysis of Agriculture Department data.