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More Than Dams
Harm Salmon Runs

by D. Thompson
Tri-City Herald, February 4, 2021

Water spills at Lower Granite Dam, one of the four dams on the lower Snake River that salmon advocates have targeted for breaching. Environmental groups have decided that the Snake River dams are the cause of poor salmon runs. There are so many other factors, such as birds of prey, which have increased in number due to improved environment, which is great. However, pelicans and cormorants take an enormous number of fish, not to mention sea lions. Nobody wants to confront reductions in their numbers due to the Migratory Bird Act. An easy solution would be destruction of nesting sites and eggs.

The sea lions need to be eliminated. If Bonneville Dam were not there, the sea lions would not be able to swim up the Columbia that far.

Before we point fingers at the dams look at some of the causes looking us in the face.

D. Thompson Kennewick
More Than Dams Harm Salmon Runs
Tri-City Herald, February 4, 2021

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