Playing Dam Politicsby Dan Cease
Lewiston Tribune, January 19, 2020
Panel stakeholders suggest our culture must take a hit to save electricity and fish.
Our businesses and culture would be devastated.
Obviously, the recent dam removal presentation was politically motivated.
Uniting eastern and western Washington will not improve our region if the lower Snake River dams are removed. We must focus on attacking obvious symptoms of population growth. ...
Returning the salmon population to where it was 300 years ago is not a reality. Too many factors affect salmon and steelhead run populations.
Many of the uncontrolled facets are preying orcas, birds, sea lions, fish that prey on salmon and steelhead fry, river gill nets, outdated fish ladders, warming water, human population overgrowth and pollution, and massive international sein harvests by other nations, not just Snake River dams.
Panel stakeholders suggest our culture must take a hit to save electricity and fish. Our businesses and culture would be devastated. How would you feel about dam removal repercussions?
Switch to solar panels and wind farms, they say.
Where? How many? Is this a joke?
We need to tell Gov. Jay Inslee to focus on immediate problems in his own front yard. Why doesn't the state increase Puget Sound salmon farms to feed orcas? ... Clean up the pollution mess created by population growth and sprawling construction in western Washington. ...
Why not replace outdated fish ladders with fish tubes and improve dam electric efficiency. Let's try it on one dam.
Why aren't we talking about breaching Bonneville Dam? Do Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett receive electricity from this dam?
If dam removal is the plan, what's the cost? We pay big time.
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