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Letter from Stephen Koshy, Civil Engineer, Scientist and Administrator, to KBC News regarding devastating consequences of Klamath dam removal

12/27/12

"Hi (to KBC News editor from Stephen Koshy, former director of Central Water Commission in India, and scholar with The United Nations Development Program AUSTRALIA)

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 sediment.

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 www.stephenkoshy.com  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...

With Regards,

Stephen"
 

 

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