Install fish ladders, no on dam removal
Klamath Falls, letter to the editor of Herald and News
ago a dam removal funding scheme was cooked-up in secret
closed-door meetings that included PacifiCorp, tribes and
environmentalists. They decided that Pacific Power customers
and taxpayers should pay $550 million for dam removal and
assume all liability.
scheme was just an attempt to shift cost from the
dams' owner, PacifiCorp, to the public. Billionaire Warren
Buffett owns PacifiCorp — they have no money problems.
should not be removed. They provide clean, cheap, reliable
power for 192,000 people. Costly replacement power will hurt
all of us.
president of Pacific Power visited Klamath Falls in 2008, he
bragged about the clean power these dams produce. He said,
“The dams produce enough emission-free energy to offset the
emissions of 102,000 cars or burning 1.23 million barrels of
oil a year.” See: Utility hesitant about dams.
The best and
cheapest solution is to install fish ladders on the three
dams that don’t have them. The J.C. Boyle dam near Keno has
a fish ladder. That dam is the newest of the four and it
puts out more power than the other three combined.
Iron Gate Dam would remove the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery which
produces 5 million salmon smolts each year — 17,000 of which
return annually as full-grown adults to spawn.
had an 80 percent no vote on dam removal. Let’s do the same
in Klamath County.
A strong no
vote will send a message to the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission that dam removal should not occur.
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