retain dams doesn't hold water
commentary by Ron Crete, Herald and News 11/26/17
Linthicum’s “letter” has exhausted me. I don’t understand
the point of the letter, overall.
understand the need to comment to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission on dam decommissioning on the Klamath
River. Yet, why is he pushing backwards toward a past we can
only learn from, not reproduce?
so hard to understand that; in today’s world, in these
changing times, our curious and playful minds are capable of
guiding our cultural decisions toward a more sustainable
future then was ever thought about back when some believed
America was great.
America great in those decades when we installed about 8,100
dams on American river systems each holding back 5,000
acre-feet or more of water while blocking the migration and
future sustainability of countless species that evolved in
Dam support difficult to prove
judgmental letter suggests there is broad support for
retaining the four dams on the Klamath River. In so doing he
re-instigates the regional confusion and encourages
continued political conflict rather than inspiring
cooperative discussions for a future that includes investing
further in the sustainable recovery or riverine natural
resources like salmon.
agree that while removing the dams we have to wisely and
carefully contend with the toxic silt-load accumulation that
will be released into the Klamath system. The removal of the
Mill Town Dam at the confluence of the Big Blackfoot River
and the Clark Fork of the Columbia River in Montana and the
Elwha River Dams in Washington State are exemplary. These
river systems are reported to be recovering ecologically
pick on sea mammals and the legislation deemed necessary to
provide for their role in the ocean food web? If some
numbers of sea mammals are no longer convenient because they
can’t change their fish-eating nature, then let’s adjust
regulations to manage them sustainably and appropriately.
our fishing fleets are not innocent of scraping the bottom
of the ocean for seafood protein just as whimsically as
those “foreign vessels” blamed for salmon declines. Why
can’t we budget for the enforcement needed to manage the
200-mile limits we claim as closed to foreign fishing
don’t understand the statement that “dams are not the
problem.” They damn well are a problem for fish to navigate
and for seasonally needed cold water flushes of parasites
adversely affecting returning salmon when river flows are
too low to retain cooler water temperatures salmon require.
not documenting the continued decline toward extinction of
most salmon species in the Pacific Northwest? If we
indigenous and immigrant North Westerners are not the people
of the salmon, who are we?
Adjusting toward wind energy
the continued denial of the current transition toward a
future geothermal, wind and solar energy age?
PacifiCorp seems to have made the adjustment as they erect
solar panel and windmill “farms” replacing the modest, yet
un-sustainable megawatts of electricity produced by the
the future hold more jobs in the alternative energy field or
in maintaining outdated dams and the silt-loaded reservoirs
Previous and current families in the Klamath Basin have
benefited from dam technology. Still, the impacts of that
technology, not anticipated at the time the dams were
installed, now warrant making more sustainable riverine
world and our place in it is ever changing. All the sacred
texts of the wise prophets that wandered and wondered before
us have pointed to Man’s responsibility to care for the
gifts of the Earth.
the four Klamath River dams be decommissioned. It’s time to
prepare for a sustainable future using our minds and hearts
to restore and wisely use all the natural and cultural
wonders we have been gifted in the Klamath Basin.
problem with managing our future in a system like the
Klamath River Basin, Mr. Linthicum, isn’t pointing out what
is “wrong”, it’s doing what is right.
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