Thursday, January 07, 2010

That Sucks

Here we are in pretty much the middle of winter and Mendocino County seems to already be running short of water, according to the Ukiah Daily Journal. Still, some people want to take out existing dams in this state.



At 11:10 AM, Blogger Jeff Muskrat said...

Save some water for the fish, Freddy!

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dam removal is a fad. It it poised to undo a great deal of good that was done by building those dams. Anyone who suggests the dams should not be removed will be demonized in every possible way. Don't be surprised if people who oppose dam removal are smeared with the favorite unwarranted insult of our current day: "Racist!"

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Looking at the movement to take down the Klamath Dams, it almost seems like the global warming hysteria to me. It seems a whole bunch of people want to take down the so- called "fish killing dams". Yet the Klamath was one of the few places you could fish for salmon last year. They had a pretty good run, according to the papers up there.

That said, I was appalled to find out fish ladders aren't automatically built alongside dams on rivers with migrating fish. I had taken it for granted that the two went together after learning about fish ladders in elementary(?) school.

It seems a lot of dams don't have fish ladders. I saw some TV show about the dams on the Columbia River. They don't have fish ladders so they catch migrating fish, put them in tanks and truck them to the spawning grounds. Ridiculous, imo.

I think we need more dams, especially in California, but if they're on rivers with migratory fish, the damned well better include fish ladders in their plans to build them.

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what you wrote, Fred. More dams, built with the needs of the fish in mind, and retrofits for existing dams where they are now interfering with fish migrations!

There might be a few small details to work out but that's a good overarching plan for the future.


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