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Stand Up For the Dams

by Wayne Vantrease
Lewiston Tribune, March 9, 2022

(Darin Oswald) Fish ladders at the the Lower Granite Dam had water that was too warm for salmon, but turbine manipulation saved the day. I see Richard Scully (retired biologist for Idaho Fish and Game fisheries) and crew addressed the Lewiston City Council on Feb. 28, preaching removal of the four lower Snake River dams as the only way to save the salmon.

As usual, other factors such as increased commercial fishing, warming oceans, predators, tribal nets across the Columbia River, etc., never enter the conversation.

That doesn't fit the pro-dam-removal clan's agenda.

How about the council meet with the farmers, irrigators,etc., to give their opinion?

Scully's assertion that railroads could pick up the barge business is shortsighted, considering a single barge will hold roughly 120 carloads of grain and is much more environmentally friendly.

Of course, the environmentalists' solution to the loss of hydropower is to litter the landscape with wind turbines and solar panels. If you think these alternatives don't have their share of environmental concerns, do your homework.

The thing that really surprises me is the fact that the Lewiston City Council hasn't already taken a stand to support the keeping of our dams. If I'm not mistaken, the Nez Perce County commissioners came out in support of dams some time ago.

Wayne Vantrease, Lewiston
Stand Up For the Dams
Lewiston Tribune, March 9, 2022

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