The Lewiston City Council failed to pass a resolution supporting keeping the Snake River dams at its Monday meeting and voted to move forward with a new fire station.

The motion on the dam resolution came after presentations both for and against removal of the dams, and a public forum to hear from citizens regarding the resolution. Those speaking in favor of breaching the Snake River dams have concerns about the impact the dams have on salmon and steelhead populations. Advocates for maintaining the dams worry about the impact removal would have on area farming, business and hydropower generation. Most of the meeting’s public comment period Monday featured several people speaking either in favor of or in opposition to the resolution of the dams.