reconsider dam removal during drought
Quinn, Tulelake, CA, letter to the editor August 13, 2021,
Herald and News,
Our Basin is in
flames. Wells that served generations of area families are
going dry, and it will take decades of heavy winters to
recharged the falling water table.
taking out the dams.
nationally and globally, unprecedented weather events are
becoming commonplace. People can dispute the cause of these
events, but no one can refute the evidence of them. The
weather’s changing. Facts on the ground and in the sky are
changing and policies must change to address them.
The question of
dam removal is no longer as simple as farms vs. fish.
Those fish need
more than dam removal to flourish. Migrating salmon need
temperate summers and steady water streams fed by
slowly-melting snowpacks that once lasted through September
are now gone by May. Removing the dams will not moderate
temperatures, or restore snowpacks nor can the best lawyers
or the worst politicians legislate fish-friendly weather
If the dams go,
globally, rainstorms are less frequent and more severe —
either too little rain or too much. Dam removal will
increase downstream water volume and velocity, driving
debris flows, watershed and streambed erosion, and prevent
capture of stormwater for future use.
Northwest, water conservation efforts that should have been
in place this year may be unavoidable for years to come.
destroying our dams.
legislator would have suggested destroying those dams had we
then been in this drought. Should any responsible
legislator, now that we are in this drought — this
mega-drought — proceed with destroying those dams? Facts
have changed, circumstances have changed and policies must
change to address them.
water reservoirs of high desert communities during a
mega-drought is worse than negligent, worse than criminal.
Destroying water reservoirs of high desert communities
during a mega-drought is lunacy.
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