Yup. But not surprising, given the bizarre history of dams in the Northwest. Censoring of any data that doesn't help the hydroelectric case has been going on for quite a while, and they really haven't even tried to keep it a secret. The most ironic part to me is that at the same time, these political hacks who feel they know enough to criticize the validity of scientific findings (even though they couldn't tell their ass from a hole in the ground), seem to not be interested at all in the many independent economic studies done which show that removing the 4 dams on the Snake River alone will create way more new jobs than the ones that would be terminated, and a massive influx of recreation dollars. That alone pretty much tells you where their paycheck is really coming from.Even according to the Army Corps of Engineers, the removal of the 4 Snake dams would create between 13,000 and 27,700 jobs immediately.
and, with the recovery of Snake River salmon, could bring an influx of 2.6 billion annually.
They also don't seem to feel it necessary to inform the public that the Snake dams will, for months at a time, only have one or two turbines in use (the Columbia dams, on average, turn 10 or more), nor that the Snake dams have negligible usefulness for irrigation storage, nor that they offer no flood control capability. Which pretty much only leaves one reason for keeping the dams left - so freight barges can go all the way to Lewiston, Id., a town already easily accesible by road. Of course they wouldn't want salmon accurately counted.