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By Don Brunell
President Association of Washington Businesses 

Columbia dams can’t be taken for granted

Guest Commentary

 


In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River continue to do for us.

To commemorate Grand Coulee’s completion, the Bonneville Power Administration commissioned legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie to write songs praising the dam that harnessed the mighty Columbia River.

Guthrie toured the region from the Bonneville Dam to Grand Coulee, and within a month he had written 26 songs, the most famous of which is Roll On Columbia.

“And on up the river is Grand Coulee Dam, the mightiest thing ever built by a man, to run these great factories a...



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