Letter from Stephen
Koshy, Civil Engineer, Scientist and Administrator, to KBC News
regarding devastating consequences of Klamath dam removal
"Hi (to KBC News editor from
former director of Central Water
Commission in India,
and scholar with The United Nations Development Program
I hoped to talk to you, my health is getting more feeble my
skills are on the decline, even to type this letter, I also
suffer from stress and anxiety disorder. My speech is not OK.
But I have not given up on these dams. I retired to live with my
daughter in Portland, Oregon...
I have not heard from the Board of Supervisors or the County
Counsel. I gave clear concise and precise engineering analysis
that at current technology, the dams can not be breached as long
as the 'impervious clay core' of the earth dams are saturated in
water. There is no way to safely breach these earth dams, ever.
The other issues are re the stability of slopes and the
The DOI engineers on the project to breach the earth dams were
not earth dam experts, but a hydraulic engineer and a concrete
engineering expert according to my memory. This is a serious
error. On the consultants, part also I couldn't see any earth
dam experts in the project report's names given.
My letters are in my web page
I hope you will emphasize this matter to your contacts. It is
evident to the DOI / Bureau of Reclamation engineers, which
explains why they have not taken a decision, but (so-called)
postponed the decision. If they are to admit their error, some
one in a higher technical position, such as the National Academy
of Science and technology, examine my analysis and force their
admission of their error...
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