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Without Dams, Desert

by Roy Kennedy
Lewiston Tribune, June 12, 2005

For those people that are wanting the dams removed on the Columbia, Snake and Clearwater rivers, they should have seen the driving from Dayton to Portland or Seattle. It was sand, sagebrush and jackrabbits. No green fields, no farms, no trees, no grapes. Take away the irrigation and there will be more loss than any amount of salmon could ever replace.

I can remember driving to Portland or Seattle and nothing but a desert, hot and dry nothing to see. There will always be fish in the markets and in cans on the shelves.

No fruit, vegetables, trees for making paper. No grain or hay fields. No need for farm laborers. Electricity produced by the dams will be gone.

There are other streams that have salmon in them. I have seen garbage Dumpsters along the Salmon River on Highway 95, with many salmon in them. They are supposed to be for tribal ceremonial dinners.

Roy Kennedy, Clarkston
Without Dams, Desert
Lewiston Tribune, June 12, 2005

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