U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson talks about saving the salmon, breaching the dams and his new proposal

Saving wild salmon like this Chinook is the mission behind the proposal unveiled earlier this month by Idaho's Sen. Mike Simpson. (Idaho Fish & Game photo)

When Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson publicly called for breaching four Lower Snake River dams on Feb. 7 as part of his Energy & Salmon Concept, public reaction, it’s fair to say, was shock.

And although Simpson certainly heard the swift criticism of his plan, voices as wide-ranging as tribes, environmental groups, energy interests and farmers were quick to praise his proposal for its collaborative spirit and attempt to find compromise solutions—something not heard much out of Washington nowadays.

Columbia Insight wanted to hear more from the 12-term Republican representative about why the Snake River dams issue is so important to him, and what his plan’s chances . . .