Alexah Rogge 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID) joined his Pacific Northwest colleagues, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), to reaffirm their support for hydropower and emphasized the importance of protecting existing hydropower resources in the Pacific Northwest.

In a resolution, the lawmakers expressed that it is the sense of Congress that hydropower is an essential source of energy in the United States. The resolution states that hydropower should not only be protected, but that the U.S. should increase its generation and capacity of this clean, renewable source of power.

“The hydropower developed in the Pacific Northwest benefits every resident, family, and business in our region, and it’s an important component of the all-of-the-above energy strategy that will ensure the United States maintains energy independence and leadership on the global stage,” said the lawmakers in a joint statement. “The clean, renewable power generated by the dams along the Columbia and Snake Rivers supplies half of the Pacific Northwest’s energy and is critical for a reliable power grid. Without it, life as we know it in our region would cease to exist.”

Click here for the full text of the resolution.