Report expected to decide fate of Snake River electric dams

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Washington state environmentalists, farmers, tribal leaders and public utility officials are awaiting a federal report concerning whether four Snake River dams can coexist with a dwindling salmon population. The Everett Herald reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Bonneville Power Administration are expected to release the report Friday. The 100-foot dams on the lower Snake River are key electricity suppliers to the Pacific Northwest. Salmon spawning grounds were disrupted when the dams were built and environmental groups say they must be breached to restore the fish population.