PNWA advocates for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding and federal policies to support the needs of navigation stakeholders throughout the Northwest. Safe and efficient navigation on the Columbia Snake River System, in Puget Sound and along the Oregon and Washington coasts plays an important role in our regional and national economies. In fiscal year 2017, PNWA’s supported projects received over $155 million for studies, new construction, and the operation & maintenance of our coastal and inland waterways in the Northwest.
Every day, our members demonstrate environmental stewardship while preserving the economic value of our region’s water resources. PNWA works to help our membership balance economic growth and prosperity for our communities, while navigating the regulatory requirements that come with working in and adjacent to our Northwest waters.
The multipurpose projects on the Columbia Snake River System prove that dams & salmon can coexist. They support inland navigation, hydropower, irrigation, and recreation while balancing the needs of our Northwest fish species. Combined with habitat restoration projects throughout the Columbia River Basin, we are seeing more salmon in the river than ever before, all while enjoying low-cost, clean and renewable hydropower for Northwest communities, irrigation for our region’s farmers, and low cost, efficient barging to bring our wheat to tables throughout the globe.
PNWA members have been active participants in the Columbia River Treaty review. We support a balanced approach that assures the safe and efficient operations of deep draft and inland navigation, acknowledges significant existing U.S. programs that support healthy ecosystem function, recognizes irrigated agriculture for the value it brings to the regional and national economy, and ensures equitable distribution of power benefits between the two nations.