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Nez Perce Tribe calls for protection of salmon

The Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho and two conservation groups released a study on Thursday to back greater protections for salmon on the Snake River.

The economic analysis concludes that it would cost Idaho Power Co. about $12 million to make improvements on Hells Canyon dams that would ensure fish passage and fish restoration. The study says the company can bear the cost of the project with existing profits or just by charging electricity customers an additional $1 a month.

Power utilities typically argue against such improvements, saying they will raise the price of electricity.

Get the Story:
Groups push plan for Hells Canyon dams (The Idaho Statesman 8/13)

Get the Study:
Financial Analysis of Idaho Power Company (August 2004)

Relevant Links:
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