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Water is released through the outfall pipes at the Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, on the Columbia River on June 1, 2011.

FILE – Water is released through the outflow pipes at the Grand Coulee Dam, Washington, on the Columbia River, June 1, 2011. The Biden administration on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, pledged more than $200 million to reintroduce salmon to the upper Columbia River Basin in an agreement with tribes that includes a stay of litigation for 20 years. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

PORTLAND, Oregon (COIN) – Former Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff has been named the first head of the Biden-Harris administration’s Columbia River Task Force.

The task force was created by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and is co-chaired by three U.S. agencies. The group is responsible for meeting the demands of federal politicians. 10-year partnership with tribes and states in the Lower Basin.


Officials appointed Nik Blosser as executive director of the task force earlier this week.

“I am honored to lead the new task force that will coordinate efforts across the federal government and work with state and tribal governments to restore native fish populations while ensuring that communities and businesses in the region continue to have reliable clean energy,” Blosser said in a statement.

The executive was Brown’s chief of staff from February 2017 until November 2020, when it was announced that he would join the Biden-Harris administration’s transition team. He is also a “second-generation winemaker” of the Sokol Blosser Family that owns the winery of the same name in Dayton.

As head of the task force, Blosser will work with co-chairs, Deputy Secretary of Energy Dave Turk, Deputy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator for Fisheries Janet Coit, and Acting Deputy Secretary of the Interior Laura Daniel-Davis.

At the same time as the announcement, the US Department of the Interior published a analysis on the harmful impacts of federal dams on the Columbia River on tribal communities.

The goal of the task force is to improve the “historical, ongoing and cumulative impacts” of the dams.