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Recently I met with county commissioners from Twin Falls, Gooding, Shoshone, Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka, and I was able to discuss my Columbia Basin Initiative to address ending the perennial lawsuits, creating certainty for agriculture, and salmon recovery.

A new study finds that removal of dams on the Columbia-Snake river system isn't likely to improve Chinook salmon survival, because salmon survival rates are similar in other regions. Researcher David Welch says "big puzzles" remain because so much is unknown about the time the salmon spend in the ocean.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has paused planning for a dam on the Chehalis River, ordering a look at other ways to prevent a repeat of a 2007 flood that swamped farms, killed scores of livestock and closed Interstate 5 halfway between Portland and Seattle.