Proposal for $32 billion in economic investment in region
Salem, OR—Today, Governor Kate Brown voiced her support for Representative Mike Simpson’s (R-Idaho) legislative concept to restore salmon and steelhead stocks in the Columbia Basin while securing necessary investments for the power, transportation, agricultural, and recreational sectors of the region. The proposal, which would bring $32 billion in economic investment in the region, would help ensure a healthy future for the Columbia Basin while respecting the history, culture, and rights of the region’s Indigenous and Tribal people.
“I’d like to thank Rep. Simpson for working with a broad coalition of interested parties across the Northwest to craft this proposal, which will help us to build on the economic opportunities of the Columbia Basin and invest in a clean energy future,” said Governor Brown. “At the same time, we can restore the promise of healthy and abundant salmon and steelhead stocks for generations to come, while respecting the history and rights of the sovereign tribes that have been stewards of these rivers since time immemorial.
"We look forward to continued collaborative discussions with the goal of reaching solutions for the mutual benefit of all the stakeholders of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.”