Later this year, Congress will look at how snow and rain made such a mess of Texas and pass a large, national infrastructure bill, the better to prepare our country for a change in the weather. Will a $34 billion plan from Congressman Mike Simpson to rebuild water, transportation and energy systems in the Pacific Northwest be part of it?



Simpson’s central purpose, as you know, is to save salmon and steelhead from extinction by taking out four earthen dams on the Lower Snake. Every fish biologist in the region says it’s now or the fish are gone. Yet what’s striking about the total plan is how comprehensive, broad-visioned and cost-effective it is.

Jerry Brady is the former president and publisher of the Post Register.

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