Columbia Snake River
The Idaho Wheat Commission released some important facts and figures concerning the Columbia/Snake River system and its impact on Idaho agriculture. The Columbia River system transports 53% of all US wheat to overseas markets.
The Columbia/Snake River system is the nation's single largest wheat export gateway, transporting 53% of all US wheat to overseas markets. 11 states export through the Columbia snake River system. The snake River dams alone accounted for 10% of all US wheat exports. There are 17 hydroelectric plants on the snake River and its tributaries. 46.4% of Idaho's power comes from the clean electricity of hydropower made possible by the dams. 1.7 7,000,000,000 kW hours of electricity were used for irrigation in 2017. 40,000 local jobs. Idaho growers produce one million 1,000,000 bushels of wheat annually and half of that crop is barged down the river and exported. The river system keeps Idaho wheat prices and supply competitive across Idaho and around the world.