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Tue Nov 17, 2020, 08:59 PM

Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition

Source: AP

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years.

If approved, the deal would revive plans to remove four massive hydroelectric dams on the lower Klamath River, creating the foundation for the most ambitious salmon restoration effort in history. The project on California’s second-largest river would be at the vanguard of a trend toward dam demolitions in the U.S. as the structures age and become less economically viable amid growing environmental concerns about the health of native fish.

Previous efforts to address problems in the Klamath Basin have fallen apart amid years of legal sparring that generated distrust among tribes, fishing groups, farmers and environmentalists, and the new agreement could face more legal challenges. Some state and federal lawmakers criticized it as a financially irresponsible overreach by leaders in Oregon and California.

“This dam removal is more than just a concrete project coming down. It’s a new day and a new era,” Yurok Tribe chairman Joseph James said. “To me, this is who we are, to have a free-flowing river just as those who have come before us. ... Our way of life will thrive with these dams being out.”

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/dams-fish-salmon-oregon-environment-71045373e7063bfff75fc43d15885639

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Calista241 Nov 17 OP
OAITW r.2.0 Nov 17 #1
Calista241 Nov 17 #2
luv2fly Nov 17 #3
Calista241 Nov 17 #4
Thunderbeast Nov 17 #5
pecosbob Nov 17 #6
Nitram Nov 17 #7

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:02 PM

1. With they replace the lost power with wind/solar/thermal?

If so, a big net gain for the environment and energy.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:05 PM

2. My impression was that the power generation capability of these dams was compromised years ago.

If it's anything like old dams here in the Southeast, the power generation has been reduced to provide for the facilities power, and that's about it, and very little of it supports 'the grid.'

They're still around basically for flood control and / or as water reservoirs.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:06 PM

3. Don't they have people determine the impact BEFORE they build it?


Gotta wonder.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:10 PM

4. These dams were built between the 1920's and 1960's

So no, they didn't consider impacts like that when these were built.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:16 PM

5. Native rights and salmon populations

were not considered when building the hydro projects in the west. Dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers have led to the near extinction of native salmon. Many of these projects (including Grand Coulee) were built without fish ladders, wiping out thousands of miles of habitat.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 09:42 PM

6. What do you know? Several thousand new jobs...green ones at that.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Tue Nov 17, 2020, 10:02 PM

7. This is what I call progress.

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