Rep. Joel Kretz speaks out on efforts to reintroduce salmon and steelhead to the Columbia River

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee recently heard testimony on the importance of reintroducing salmon and steelhead back into the Columbia River above the Grand Coulee Dam. House Joint Memorial 4014 would allow the federal government and regional entities to help oversee the river system and explore pragmatic and science-based ways to reintroduce salmon behind the dam.

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, has expressed concerns about the process behind the proposed reintroduction and the impact it could potentially have on his district.

“The 7th District wasn't included in the discussion surrounding the proposed reintroduction plan, which is disappointing,” said Kretz. “The plan was introduced by someone outside the district who truly doesn't understand the issues. This proposal wouldn't just affect a few people – it would affect my entire district. We need to do a better job of working together on this issue.”

Kretz says while he ultimately supports efforts to reintroduce the fish and understands the cultural importance to native tribes, he wants a plan worked out upfront to avoid any potential conflicts after the fish have been reintroduced.


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