SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A new report says people in Washington state remain sharply divided on whether four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River should be removed to help endangered salmon runs recover.

The state report says the dams bring benefits and liabilities to the region, and there is no clear consensus in on whether they should be retained.

The Legislature last spring appropriated $750,000 to study the dams, which are blamed by many for declining salmon runs in the Columbia-Snake river system.

The report is intended to help state lawmakers respond to a federal review of the dams.

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