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Old 07-31-2014, 08:52 AM   #1
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Give a Dam(n) Or Not

I found this article interesting and thought worthwhile to share...good video included.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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There have been some tv news stories on this topic. I think it's the only chance of restoring these fisheries, particularly the salmon and steelhead. A program I watched recently showed how even with the best fish ladder technology, the large stillwaters created above the dams cause the immature salmon to have to swim hundreds of miles downstream where before they simply let the current carry them. They are then very weak and vulnerable to the slower water predators that weren't there historically. On at least one river special barges are employed to vacuum up the fry and transport them closer to the estuaries. They are then flushed out of the barge rather unceremoniously. I suppose it was a well intentioned stop gap measure but pull some damns and watch nature fix itself.

Also, I must say the guy in the picture with the excavator is one brave dude!
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. They smelled of moss in your hand. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
― Cormac McCarthy
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