The Council hosted representatives from the Northwest’s congressional delegation offices in August.
The tour offered a chance for House and Senate office staff to meet with Council members, staff, and our regional partners in the fish and wildlife and energy fields to hear first-hand about the work they are doing and the key issues they want to highlight. This year, the tour was in Kalispell, Montana and surrounding area and included tours of Hungry Horse Dam, the Flathead River, and Flathead Electric Cooperative. Highlights from the tour included:
- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes's program to reduce non-native lake trout; viewed net fishing on Flathead lake and the process to package fish to sell at market. This work is helping to protect native cutthroat and bull trout
- Hearing about Flathead Electric's impressive and challenging growth as new customers move to the Flathead Valley from all over the West
- Viewed Hungry Horse Dam, including the largest "morning glory" in the world–a cement funnel available as an overflow option in an emergency
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