Who is included in this solutions process? How are the various stakeholders represented? What will be the scope of the process? What are the basic benchmarks that need to be met to satisfy the various stakeholders?
I am sure that calls for a solutions table are coupled with, at the very least, some organizational and topical plans or goals that those wanting a solution have spent some time thinking about and those could be shared here.
What benchmarks need to be met by whatever solution this theoretical group might come up with that satisfy all parties?
Can we get to a strategic solution if one or more stakeholder interests either never participate or opt out midstream over some "bridge too far" suggestions?
Is anyone willing to share their thoughts on this?
I believe there is a way to make lower Snake River dam breaching palatable to those who currently would never agree to that. It would help, though, for this nation to get a handle on its extremely troubling debt situation, but there could be shifts in subsidy that eliminate the transport argument. There can be conservation, new production and new energy technologies that would not only replace the power produced at these facilities, but also meet or exceed projected demands of the future. I believe irrigation isn't much of a hurdle and from personal observation I think far more people would and do recreate where the Snake is a river rather than a reservoir.
Hurdles, for sure, but the other side, a solution for the recovery of sustainable runs of wild salmon and steelhead may be an even more difficult task.
Also, what of our massive hatchery infrastructure? Is it repurposed or used to augment or dismantled?
I don't claim to know what a palatable solution will look like or how it would work.
I do know that we need to be successful and because of that the numerous "we'll-intentioned" bandages we apply are not in and of themselves sustainable nor will they lead to sustainable runs of wild salmon and steelhead.
We won't spend our forever on harassing sea lions, cormorants, Caspian terns and northern pikeminnow. We won't be able to continually dredge the reservoirs forever even though as long as they remain the need to dredge will be ever present. We won't barge smolts forever, we won't manage the flows of the river to what we believe to be optimal for smolts forever and therefore we need a solution that can last forever.