Snake Dams Not Needed to Irrigateby Stan Kuick
Tri-City Herald, November 16, 2018
The Tri-City Herald edition from Sunday, Oct. 28, contained two pro-dam editorials from other newspapers that both stated that these dams are necessary for irrigation. This is false. The Lower Snake dams are not a requirement for irrigation or any other water draws.
Large quantities of water are drawn from the undammed area in our own Hanford Reach of the Columbia River. Going upstream from the Snyder street boat launch, there is the Richland city water intake. Go up a couple more miles, and you see a pumping station that delivers water to the Horn Rapids triangle agricultural fields. Still further up, you come to the large water intake for the Columbia Generating Station. On up to the old Hanford town site, there is an old pump house used before the Manhattan Project. The town of White Bluffs had a similar pump house. Wonder how they did this back then without dams? And how about the water used by the Manhattan Project reactors?
If the dams were removed, irrigators might have to extend their pipes a little, but they would still be able to draw water from the river with minimal investment.
Snake River Dams Critical to Irrigated Ag Industry by Darryll Olsen, Tri-City Herald, 8/25/18
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