The previous president of the United States, George W. Bush, came out here to declare, with Ice Harbor Dam as a backdrop, that it and others like it would not come down during his presidency.
President Bush is out of office now, but the man who brought him here, U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, is still on the job and still declaring those dams won't come down as long as he can stop their removal.
And with his Republican Party's victories in the House of Representatives in 2010, Hastings has jumped to the chairmanship of the House committee where any destruction or breaching of dams must start.
Hastings said he is concerned that tearing down any dam on the Snake River puts every other Columbia River system dam at risk. Some environmentalists believe that the only way to save endangered fish is to breach dams on the Lower Snake River and it's an option of last resort in the federal salmon recovery plan.
The cry to take down the four dams on the Lower Snake -- all with fish ladders --awhile ignoring dams further upstream in Idaho that have no ladders makes no sense.
But environmental extremists have been trying to pull just such a coup for about the past 15 years.
"Dam breaching is the last resort -- until the first lawsuit," Hastings said.
Hastings says that under current management practices with the dams untouched, fish runs have come back in numbers that haven't been seen since records began being kept in 1938.
Keep the faith, Doc. This board is behind you on this issue.