Jun 17, 2012
PNP comment: Wow, this is the same question we in Siskiyou County have been asking the DFG and the feds over Klamath dam removal? Great question! We have never received a real answer — just a side-step, like “it doesn’t matter, this is what we the government is going to do!” — Editor Liz Bowen
Redding Record Searchlight
June 16, 2012
Dennis Lynch’s discourse brings up some serious questions. If releasing 5.4 million to 8.6 million cubic yards of reservoir sediment into the Klamath River is OK, then why are state and federal agencies enforcing regulations that end suction-dredge mining, requiring multiple alteration permits for land use, or mandating any sort of erosion control at all? If, as stated, “very little of this sediment would remain in the river channel,” then who cares about any sediment from any source entering the ecosystem? It all disappears instantly, right?
If 5.4 million to 8.6 million cubic yards of sediment has been trapped by the dams, then won’t dam removal subject the lower Klamath to a permanent increase in detrimental sediment in addition to the release of the reservoir sediment?
Are 10 percent mortality rates of coho and chinook salmon and 20 percent to 30 percent mortality of steelhead really acceptable risks? Since this region often gets droughts that last for several years, won’t the mortality rate continue for several years? Why is this wonderful nontoxic sediment being wasted anyway?
In the 1980s, the feds constructed billion-dollar concrete curtains at Shasta Dam and in Whiskeytown Lake to lower the Sacramento River water temperature and thus benefit migrating fish. Won’t dam removal on the Klamath Rive raise water temperature and harm the fisheries?
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