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US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

Friday's announcement thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures.

Editor's note: The above video previously aired on KING 5 in 2019 discussing the Snake River dam's impact on salmon.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The U.S. government says four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. 

Friday's announcement thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration, and sought to balance the needs of salmon and other interests.

The plan calls for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster to and from the ocean. 

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