Organizers of the nascent Columbia Basin Collaborative were urged to not let the typically slow pace of such proceedings prevent the body from considering a dam breaching proposal that could require quick action.

The group is being formed by the governors of Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Montana to take a top-level view of salmon and steelhead recovery efforts in the vast region and recommend ways to improve that work. According to an organizational outline unveiled Wednesday, the collaborative body would include leaders of the four Columbia River treaty tribes and participation from a wide range of stakeholders.