Water, Dams & Low Cost Power – Preserving our NW Way of Life
In dry Central Washington, almost every aspect of our way of life is affected by water and the dams that harness our rivers’ great potential. They irrigate crops, generate clean low-cost power, transport products to port and protect against floods. Our reservoirs serve as a place for recreation and tourism.
Among my highest priorities in Congress is seeking additional water storage and protecting existing water resources. In the past several years I have:
Worked to protect our dams from those who want to tear them out;
Wrote a law directing the Bureau of Reclamation to study new water storage in the Yakima River Basin;
Got the federal government engaged in finding a solution to the Odessa Subaquifer in the Columbia Basin Project; and
Joined with my colleagues in Congress from the Northwest – both Republican and Democrat – to protect our region’s unique power system from those in other parts of the country who want access to our low-cost power.