Wyden-Merkley Statement on Senator Murray and Governor Inslee Establishing a Joint Federal-State Process on Snake River Salmon Recovery

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today issued the following statement in response to U.S. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announcing a joint federal-state process on salmon recovery in the Columbia River Basin and the Pacific Northwest:

“Ensuring the long-term viability of the Columbia River Basin is essential to the Pacific Northwest and all who live here,” Wyden and Merkley said. “We look forward to working with Senator Murray and Governor Inslee as they build on previous efforts and bring all interested parties to the table to address salmon recovery, irrigation, dam use, as well as power and transportation needs. In our experience, the Oregon Way of collaboration is the best way to solve these complicated natural resources challenges.”