Like many others, we were caught off guard by Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s recent announcement of his $33 billion salmon-recovery plan that centers around removing the four dams on the lower Snake River by 2031. Known as a collaborator, Rep. Simpson’s proposal is especially disappointing given the recent release of the long-anticipated “Environmental Impact Statement.” This detailed document gives the region a negotiated starting point for new efforts around salmon recovery that doesn’t include dam removal. Simpson’s proposal takes us back decades in discussions.

Simpson’s proposal also leaves us with concerns and questions to ask.