believes the dams should be breached to save threatened and endangered runs of salmon and steelhead.
says this issue isn't about fish and it isn't about breaching.
It is his
mission to keep Lewiston safe from floodwaters and to spark a community-wide dialogue on what Lewiston's downtown and waterfront should look like.
says that dialogue might lead more people to the breaching camp.
Aherin, a graduate of Genesee High School, started the economic development organization Inland Northwest Citizens for Progress but is paid by salmon groups that are dedicated to breaching the dams.
hopes to convince people here that the city has invested too much in the river system and that investment has come at a cost.
says all the money the federal government has spent to build and maintain the navigation system on the Snake River would have been better spent on an interstate highways system connecting Lewiston to I-90.
is trying to persuade business leaders to sign a letter, addressed to Congress, seeking money for the study.
hopes the study will show the costs of maintaining the dams and levees.
thinks the area between the levee and the river would quickly rehabilitate itself and become a draw.
"The green space you would gain between the levee and the new river would be just enormous," he
says, adding marinas could return to the waterfront, beaches would emerge and boat ramps could be relocated.